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A disabled politician is hoping to become the first transgender person to be elected to parliament, when she contests next May’s general election. Emily Brothers is standing for Labour against the Liberal Democrat former minister Paul Burstow in the Sutton and Cheam constituency in south-west London. She was selected as the party’s prospective parliamentary
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A minister has admitted that it is not government policy to warn health or social services when “vulnerable” service-users have had their benefits “sanctioned”. The admission by the Conservative employment minister Esther McVey comes just weeks after her department admitted to Disability News Service (DNS) that it had carried out 60 secret reviews into
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A disabled peer has become the first wheelchair-user to head a major UK political party, after Liberal Democrats elected her to be their next party president. Baroness [Sal] Brinton, who will take over from MP Tim Farron on 1 January 2015, beat her nearest rival Daisy Cooper by 10,188 votes to 6,138 and now
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This week’s autumn statement – the last before the general election – demonstrates the government’s “total disregard” for disabled people, say campaigners. George Osborne’s speech to MPs omitted any mention of disabled people, but there was also no mention of disability by any MP in the subsequent cross-party debate. This meant that the government’s
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An agreement between the leading political parties over devolving further powers to Scotland “falls far short” of what was demanded by disabled people, say campaigners. The Smith Commission which reported last week, secured an agreement backed by the five parties represented in the Scottish parliament: the SNP, Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the Green party
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