Saturday, 18 June 2011
Tory MP Philip Davies says that disabled people should work for less than the minimum wage of £5.93 an hour
The mental health charity Mind dismissed the Shipley MP's comments as ‘‘preposterous’’, Richard Hawkes chief executive of disability charity Scope, said ‘‘This reveals a lot about how we value disabled people – and what we think they have to offer when it comes to work. In fact disabled people can contribute as much to a workplace as anyone else’’. Anne Begg Labour chair of the work and pensions select committee said his remarks were ‘‘outrageous and unacceptable, to suggest that disabled people should be treated as second class citizens is shocking and shows just what a warped world some Tories demonstrate they inhabit’’.