(The headline wasn’t dreamed up by This Writer but it was so good that I had to use it.)
Tory Zac Goldsmith has been forced to resign in shame as patron of a disability charity after he voted for cruel disability cuts.
The Conservative MP and London Mayoral candidate last week voted in favour of Iain Duncan Smith’s plan to slash payments for half a million sick and disabled people by £30 a week.
In a statement, [Richmond AID, a charity run by and for disabled people in West London,] said: “Richmond AID recently wrote to Zac Goldsmith with regard to his recent decision to vote for cuts to ESA and can confirm [he] has now stepped down as a patron.”
Lucy Byrne, the charity’s Chief Executive, said: “We are shocked and disappointed to find that both our local MPs here in the borough of Richmond voted for this cut, one of whom is patron of our organisation.
“Having voted for this brutal cut we believe that Zac Goldsmiths’ position as patron is no longer tenable.
“Zac’s decision is a complete conflict with our social model and ethos.
“In order to have equality disabled people need to have increased funding.”
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