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Tory Party Conference ’18 ‘Tory cuts kill,’ yell disabled activists as Theresa May prances on stage

DPAC activists protest against the Tories' cruel austerity policies that have driven disabled people to death and suicide

DISABLED activists yelled "Tory cuts kill" today as they targeted the gates of the Conservative conference as PM Theresa May danced on stage to deliver her keynote address.

The demonstrators marched against the cruelty of Tory austerity that has seen disabled people driven to death and suicide.

 

 

Banners displaying the names and photos of those who have died as a result of the government's benefit cuts were carried on the march.

Just two days earlier, Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey called reports of benefit cuts "fake news" and claimed the government was spending more on the disabled.

"She has not compassion or empathy," disability campaigner Maggie Zolobajluk told the Star.

"She is the one who is putting out the fake news. History will prove who is telling the truth. The Tories are addicted to gambling with our lives."

Glasgow Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) activist Darren Withers said: "Esther McVey has been watching too much of Donald Trump.

"His rubbish might wash in America, but it doesn't wash here."

The DPAC-organised protest also reminded the Tories that the UN has identified disability rights abuses in Britain.

Last year the UN committee on the rights of persons with Disabilities (CRPD) head Theresia Degener found the government's welfare cuts were a "human catastrophe" for disabled people.

She also found that the government had "totally neglected" the disabled in Britain.

DPAC co-founder Linda Burnip added: "After years of enduring many thousands of disabled people being driven to deaths prematurely by the hostile environment the Tories have created, we know we must still fight back or be crushed."

However, Ms May seemed more concerned with defending capitalism than listening to the disabled people outside.

She vowed to fix the broken housing market in order to bring the "dream of home ownership" back within people's grasp.

"We cannot make the case for capitalism if ordinary working people have no chance of owning capital," Ms May stated.

Appearing to contradict Chancellor Philip Hammond, who defended austerity in his speech on Monday to give the government "enough fiscal firepower" in the event of a no deal on Brexit, Ms May declared the age of austerity over.

Labour Party chairman Ian Lavery said: “Austerity is not an economic necessity. It is a political choice made by the Conservatives to hack away at our public services and communities, leaving workers worse off while gifting huge tax cuts to big business.

"And as long as Britain has a Conservative Prime Minister, we'll never see an end to austerity."

This year's Conservative Party conference has been marked by the bitter divisions over Brexit.

Moments before Ms May's speech, former Tory minister and whip James Duddridge called for a vote of no confidence, arguing that she was "incapable" of delivering Brexit and should be replaced as PM.

"I have not met a single MP who thinks she will lead us into another election after the last disastrous snap election," he said in his letter to the Tory 1922 committee.

He called for a leadership election so that the party can move on. The back-bench Conservative committee plays an important role in choosing the party leader.

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