LABOUR’S parliamentary candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock, Mike Le-Surf, has hit out at UKIP and Tory attacks on the disabled and asks why their current MPs and candidates in Thurrock and Basildon are not speaking up for the disabled in South Essex.
Mike Le-Surf said: "Earlier this year Ukip chairman John Upex advocated the ‘termination’ of Down’s syndrome foetuses and this week the Tory welfare minister, Lord Freud, has said that some disabled people were not worth the minimum wage. Disagraceful. There is no places for these attitudes in modern society. So where do the UKIP candidates and Tory MPs in Basildon and Thurrock stand on this?"
Mike added: "What have the Tories and UKIP got against the disabled? Elected representatives have to do a lot more than turn up for a photo-opportunity.
"All of Labour’s parliamentary candidates in Basildon and Thurrock have signed up to Mencap’s "Hear my Voice" campaign and not one Tory MP or candidate has added their name to the promise to listen to people with learning disabilities. I’m proud to stand alongside Gavin and Polly to fight discrimination in South Essex and the rest of the UK."