It is clear that, while the media may be desperate to tell you everyone outside the Labour Party hates Jeremy Corbyn, the disabled certainly do not.
They were shouting “No more benefit deaths”* as they launched their sit-down protest that closed Westminster Bridge for three hours.
The reason? Organisers Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), in their press release, stated: “Since 2010 deaf and disabled people have been targeted for cuts and seen hard won rights and freedoms taken away – and as a result, the UK is now the first country to be investigated by the UN for grave and systematic violation of disabled people’s rights.
“Through all this, while much of Labour was competing with the Tories on who could be the toughest on welfare, Jeremy [Corbyn] and John [McDonnell] stood with disabled people and opposed the cuts.”
One person who has not stood with the disabled is Labour leadership contender Owen Smith, who refused to support calls for Labour to pledge an end to the Work Capability Assessment in the run-up to the 2015 general election. Something for Labour members to remember when casting their votes in the leadership election?
Meanwhile, the Work Capability Assessment is still erroneously finding people with severe disabilities fit for work and the death toll is mounting.
Disabled activists … shut down a major London bridge – in a sit-down protest at the people they say have been killed by Tory cuts.
Dozens of demonstrators … brought traffic to a standstill on Westminster Bridge – near the Houses of Parliament – for several hours.
They [were] clutching heartrending banners showing the names and pictures of those they claim have died as a direct result of welfare reforms.
The protest appears to have been timed to coincide with the launch of the Rio Paralympics 2016 opening ceremony in Brazil … although that may be coincidence.
*The Mirror report would have us believe they were shouting “There’s only one Jeremy Corbyn” but Paula Peters, a friend of This Blog who was present, has assured me this is not true. Now, why would a paper with a profound anti-Corbyn preference want to print a falsehood like that?
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