In a scuffle outside the Tory convention, an irate activist calls Rees-Mogg “shameful.”
A disability campaigner on a Manchester street accused JACOB REES-MOGG of being “just another Eton billionaire” who looks down on disabled people.
Outside the Conservative Party conference on Monday afternoon, Dominic Hutchins, who has cerebral palsy, addressed the Prime Minister on the Government’s record on disability rights. The campaigner chastised the minister for policies he claims are to blame for his job loss as a youth worker, and he was forced to take a “humiliating” test to establish his impairment. As he paused to speak with a 43-year-old member of the Disabled Individuals Against Cuts group, Mr Rees-Mogg calmly justified the Government’s policy as being “there to support” people.
“You’re just another Eton rich Tory who looks down on disabled people,” Mr Hutchins said.
He called the minister “shameful” and accused him of uttering “rubbish.”
“I’m sorry you believe that, but I truly do wish you well in your job search,” Mr Rees-Mogg responded.
Following the conversation, Mr Hutchins asked if he might talk with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Mr Rees-Mogg responded, “I’m sure he’ll get your point.”
Mr Hutchins stated why he challenged the minister after their conversation.
He said he had to undergo tests three years ago to determine his eligibility for Personal Independence Payments and to “show I still have a condition.”
He explained, “I’ve been crippled since birth.” “It was extremely humiliating and disgusting.” Mr Hutchins, who claims to have a degree in youth work, also blames the Conservatives for his job loss in 2014, when the government “closed all the juvenile services” due to budget cuts.
Mr Hutchins was a parish councillor in his birthplace of Disley, Cheshire, but he recently left the party because he believes its leader, Sir Keir Starmer, “isn’t challenging the Government sufficiently on disability rights.”
Mr Rees-Mogg had stopped to speak with Mr Hutchins rather than continue into the safety of the Tory conference, Mr Hutchins acknowledged.
“However, I do not believe it will be of any use. There are many disabled people who are unable to speak up, so I believe it is critical that those who can do so do so, because if I don’t, no one else will “Mr. Hutchins explained.
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