How laudable of the Liberal Democrat Lords to try to stop the Conservative Government from depriving 160,000 people of disability benefit money that they deserve!

But I have a question:

If the Tory policy is so bad, then why did the Liberal Democrats back it to the hilt when they were in Coalition with the Conservatives between 2010 and 2015?

The Lib Dems were quite happy to vote through changes which have resulted in many thousands of deaths – as This Writer had to force the government to admit, because there was no way the DWP would have released the information voluntarily.

I understand that the Tories are currently refusing to honour requests for updated mortality statistics.

So it seems entirely hypocritical for the Liberal Democrats to be claiming that the Conservatives are acting in “total contempt” of disabled people when they are entirely guilty of exactly the same behaviour.

The other important point is that it is odd not to have seen a motion against this Tory plan from the Labour Party.

Perhaps Labour intends to fight it in the Commons but a Lords motion would have been welcome, considering the action of the Lib Dems.

Maybe Lord Mandelson (for example) would be better-off devoting his time to protecting the vulnerable, rather than attacking his own party leader?

The Liberal Democrats have tabled a motion in the House of Lords to kill a Government bill that will severely restrict disability benefits.

the Liberal Democrat spokeswoman for Work and Pensions, Baroness Cathy Bakewell, said the plans were “outrageous” and accused the Conservatives of treating disabled people with “total contempt”.

“The Government is using its recent losses in court as an excuse to severely restrict disability benefits. Rather than listening to the ruling they are using it to make matters worse for disabled people – that is utterly outrageous.

“What makes things even worse is that they have sneaked this announcement out under the cover of by-elections.

“These decisions impact the lives of vulnerable people. Liberal Democrats will not allow the Conservatives to get away with treating people with disabilities with such total contempt.”

[The Tory Government’s plan] follows a written statement to the House of Commons by Conservative disability minister Penny Mordaunt that the Government will introduce emergency legislation to tighten the criteria of Personal Independence Payments (PIP) to disabled people after they were told to cover a broader spectrum of claimants, including those with mental health problems.

The move could potentially deprive 160,000 people of state help which is “rightfully theirs”, disability charity Scope warned.

Source: Liberal Democrats to try to kill Government’s bill to restrict disability benefits

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