Accidental email reveals changes made by party to comments by Shadow Disability Minister
An error by a party employee has exposed the Labour Party watering down a shadow minister’s criticism of the Tories’ treatment of disabled people and handling of the pandemic, the Disability News Service (DNS) has reported.
Shadow Disability Minister Vicky Foxcroft had drafted comments attacking the government over its response to the coronavirus crisis and its discrimination against disabled people – but the version sent out as a response to a DNS press enquiry still showed the changes made by the party.
The changes made included the removal of Foxcroft’s reference to the ‘vital’ role of unions in protecting disabled people from discrimination – and of all references to discrimination against disabled people.
DNS had asked Foxcroft for comment on new research casting doubt on the Tories’ claims to have reduced the disability employment gap, research warning that the pandemic and the resulting recession are hitting employment of disabled people and concerns about the Tories’ guidance for “clinically extremely vulnerable” people.
The dilution of criticism is entirely in line with Keir Starmer’s performance as Labour leader. As well as repeatedly agreeing with the Tories and promising support on the return to schools ‘no ifs no buts’, Starmer has also reportedly told Labour MPs ‘not to be too critical’ of the Tories:
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