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Labour disabilities chief slams her own party for failing to oppose benefit cuts in 2015

发布时间:2018-10-05 09:19:27作者:人大 来源:Mirror online 浏览次数:0 网友评论 0

 Marsha De Cordova blasted the "shocking" decision to abstain on the Tories' Welfare Bill in 2015 - when Harriet Harman was acting leader.

By Dan BloomOnline Political Editor

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"I blame the last labour leadership for that, because they chose not to be the voice for the voiceless," said Marsha de Cordova


Labour's shadow disabilities minister slammed her own party today for failing to vote against sweeping Tory benefit cuts three years ago.

Marsha De Cordova blasted the "shocking" decision to abstain on the Tories' Welfare Bill in 2015 - when Harriet Harman was acting leader.

Some 48 Labour MPs, including Jeremy Corbyn and shadow welfare chief Margaret Greenwood, defied orders and voted against. 

Ms Cordova - who only became an MP last year - told a fringe event at The World Transformed festival in Liverpool: "This government should be ashamed, but they are not ashamed.

"And I will say this - I blame the last labour leadership for that, because they chose not to be the voice for the voiceless.

"Remember three years ago the Labour leadership voted against preventing cuts to social security for disabled people.

"It's shocking that that happened."

Ms Cordova, one of only six self-defined disabled MPs, told activists the social security system "should be viewed in the same light as the National Health Service".

She added: "[We] will also be scrapping the punitive sanctions regimes because they do not work and frankly they should have never been introduced for disabled people in the first place."

In an interview with the Mirror this week, Ms Greenwood clarified that some sanctions would remain but the most "punitive" would be scrapped under a Labour government.

Asked if Labour's former leaders should apologise, Ms Greenwood said: "I think we're living in quite different times now.

“People are used to food banks. People are used to seeing people sleeping in the streets – and we don't want to live like that.

“So I think public opinion's really shifted, and I think there's far more – I think people have been touched by the kind of hardship people are having to face because of government failure over social security.

“It's really changed the narrative within the population.”



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