ABERDEEN MSP LEADS CALLS FOR LORD FREUD TO GO
Kevin Stewart has lead the calls at Holyrood for Lord Freud to resign over his comments about disabled people.
The architect of the UK Government’s punishing welfare reforms allegedly told a fringe event at Tory conference that some disabled people “aren’t worth” the minimum wage and went on to suggest they could work for as little as £2 an hour.
Mr Stewart, who sits on the Scottish Parliament’s welfare reform committee, has submitted a motion stating that Lord Freud should resign from his position in the Government or be sacked.
The Aberdeen Central MSP commented:
“The comments attributed to Lord Freud are absolutely disgusting. Everyone should be entitled to a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.
“The minister’s position has become completely untenable.
“Lord Freud has spent the last four years driving the government’s efforts to cut benefits and force people into work; he’s now let slip his disturbing belief that some people do not deserve the minimum wage and my opinion that view is horrific.
“As working people across the country are striving to earn a living wage, this unelected, millionaire baron is suggesting the minimum wage is too much. These comments are unacceptable and the out of touch Tory toff has to go”
Motion Number: S4M-11212
Lodged By: Kevin Stewart
Date Lodged: 15/10/2014
Title: Lord Freud Should Resign or be Sacked
That the Parliament condemns the reported comments by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Welfare Reform, Lord Freud, that some disabled people are not worth the minimum wage; recognises that the labour from any person is worth the minimum wage and considers that Lord Freud’s suggestion that disabled people should be paid as little as £2 an hour is absolutely disgusting, and believes that Lord Freud’s position as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State is untenable and that he should resign immediately or be sacked by the Prime Minister.