At the same time that the government prepares to publish its cross-government national disability strategy, which disability minister Justin Tomlinson has claimed will “remove barriers and make this country more inclusive for disabled people”, four Tory peers have launched a blistering attack on their disabled colleagues.
The Tory peers were all arguing that the Lords should quickly return to “normal” and the adjustments that have allowed disabled members to vote and take part in debates from their homes during the pandemic should end.
Lord Farmer, a former treasurer of the Conservative party argued that “personal infirmityshould not provide grounds for exemption from normality” and that continuing the adjustments post-pandemic would be “extending the logic of equality beyond reason”.
He said that “for the sake of the public who are paying our way, personal infirmityshould not provide grounds for exemption from normality” and that “parliamentary participation is for those able to…
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