Duncan Smith flees from sister of dead claimant – Benefits and Work


Iain Duncan Smith dropped out of a hustings in his own constituency at the last minute, frightened of facing the sister of David Clapson, the diabetic former soldier who died after his benefits were cut, according to Benefits and Work.

IDS should have appeared on a platform with candidates from six other parties in Chingford, north London on Monday night.

Gill Thompson, the sister of David Clapson, was there to talk about how having his benefits stopped for missing an appointment had led to her brother’s death and to call IDS to account.

But, with just hours to go, IDS was suddenly called to “to the north-west of the country” for unexplained reasons.

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22 thoughts on “Duncan Smith flees from sister of dead claimant – Benefits and Work

  1. M de Mowbray

    Yet another display of the inner cowardice of Tory Bully-Boys. Went for a dive across a fair chunk of Kent on Monday, and saw loads of Tory and UKIP posters, and only one for anyone else (an independent candidate). Somewhat worrying….

  2. Mr.Angry

    Soon he will have no where to hide, how very sad, I pray for the day he gets his due deserves which I hope will be long and painful and would willingly dance on his grave.

    The rat !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Jim Round

    This, and the previous articles does more to show up political parties and most of their candidates/MP’s for what they are, self serving boys and girls on nothing more than an ego trip.
    Labour wheeled out Tony Blair, why?
    He was/is all that is wrong with The Labour Party, re-hashing an image it certainly needs to shake off, then Chuka Umunna tries to ask a Tory for guidance.
    The Tories wheeled out John Major, only because of the obvious unavailability of Margaret Thatcher.
    So they called upon someone who will be forever associated with Currie and sleaze.
    IDS can’t even face his own electorate.
    The SNP wheeled out Alex Salmond, who failed in the independence vote.
    The Lib Dems, well, they don’t have anyone to wheel out, such is their new found irrelevance. There are many more examples.
    All this proves is what I and many others already know, that they really couldn’t give two figs about you unless you have many millions and/or you are part of big business.
    They bang on about “hard working people” as though they are the holy grail.
    Anyone who has fallen on hard times, disabled or needs some extra help, are conveniently ignored.
    We will still, after May 7th, be controlled by big business and minority interests.
    I’d say we need a revolution, but I know it’s not going to happen.

    1. Sooz

      But … but … Alex Salmond didn’t retire from politics. He’s standing in Gordon for a Westminster seat, so it’s perfectly valid for him to be around.

      Major, Blair, Heseltine, Brown – they’re all supposed to have left frontline politics. Are LibLAbCon saying they’re not competent enough to run things without begging for help from the old guard? Looks like it.

      1. Mike Sivier Post author

        LibLabCon doesn’t exist – it’s a construct invented by opponents of the well-established parties to make them seem the same when they’re not.
        Of course, Alex Salmond is the closest the SNP has to an “old guard”, what with the SNP having been practically irrelevant to politics for most of its existence.

  4. Mr.Angry

    Mike sorry not on twitter or facebook so can’t forward to you, it appeared IDS appeared up in Ester’s territory yesterday in the Wirral Merseyside, and you will not believe spent several hours at a disability centre helping in the kitchen.

    It is written in today’s Wirral Globe newspaper suggest you download will make your hair curl, what a hypocrite.

    1. wildswimmerpete

      Duncan Smith visited Raby in Wirral which is in Wirral South and held by Labour. I’m surprised Smith didn’t go up the A540 to Hoylake to support the beleaguered McVile.

  5. Pete B

    I expect IDS will have to make a fresh claim for his underpants.

    “A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.”
    ― Mahatma Gandhi

  6. Ian

    If they cannot defend their record, does that not suggest they know their record is actually indefensible? Further to that, if they do know their record is indefensible, should they not just piss off now?

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      The impression we’re all getting is that they simply WILL not defend themselves over what happened. Peter Hain did it – and to great effect. He said the crash was due to an international banking crisis, and humiliated that Tory twit Owen Paterson when he did so on Any Questions.

  7. Ian

    PS. The above stands but it has to be said, McVey and IBS are psychos and thus won’t think they have done wrong. They know the public will think they’ve done wrong but not assume any wrongdoing in themselves.

  8. Thomas

    Ian Duncan-Smith has ruined the lives of many disabled people and ended the lives of many more.

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