Philip Davies, the MP for Shipley, claimed the disabled or those with mental health problems were at a disadvantage because they could not offer to work for less money. Relaxing the law would help some to compete more effectively for jobs in “the real world” in which they are “by definition” less productive than those without disabilities, he claimed. The remarks stunned MPs on all sides and forced Downing Street to distance the Prime Minister from Mr Davies. Charities and equality campaigners condemned the suggestion as “outrageous”. During a Parliamentary debate, Mr Davies told MPs that the minimum wage of £5.93 per hour meant disabled people who wanted to work found the door being “closed in their face”.
I bet you first thought it was the excellent Philip Davies of Sheffield. Nope. He’s grand. And no politician. This Shipley Davies is a dreadful human being more interested in money than the well being of the most disadvantaged. I hope the good people of Shipley boot him from office.
- MP: Disabled Should be Able To Work For Less (news.sky.com)
- Tory MP suggests disabled offer to work for below minimum wage (mirror.co.uk)