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Daniel Kawczynski MP Tells Disabled Beggar: ‘Get A Job’

October 21, 2013

A Conservative MP berated a one-legged wheelchair bound beggar outside Parliament telling him to “get a job”.

Daniel Kawczynski scolded disabled drug addict Mark McGuigan for begging and told him to find work using a Government scheme.

The 6ft 8in ministerial aide towered over Mr McGuigan as he told him: “Get a job, find some work.

“Yes, I know it is hard, I have struggled too.”

The jobless father-of-one accused the MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham of being “aggressive” and said he was left feeling humiliated and intimidated.

 

Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: “He made me feel really small. He was so sanctimonious.

“I can’t get a job. I can barely read and write. Look at me, I am missing a leg.

“I said that to him but he just started getting more and more aggressive. It was horrible.

“I felt very intimidated by the way he was leaning over me saying, ‘Get a job, get a job’, he was towering over me.”

Mr Kawczynski, who is a strong supporter of welfare reform, insisted he was simply offering the beggar useful advice.

He said: “There are better and more productive ways of helping people to spend their time.”

The 41-year-old politician claimed beggars should be challenged on why they were not looking for employment.

He said: “He asked me for money so I asked him what he was doing to find a job.

“He said, ‘I can’t get a job’.

“He had difficulties in literacy and numeracy. I told him there were Government initiatives to help him with this.

But Mr McGuigan, who grew up in care after being removed from his alcoholic parents, hit back saying: “I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth like most MPs.”

He described growing up in care after a troubled childhood as one of six siblings with alcoholic parents and brothers who turned to burgling to make ends meet.

He said: “I was placed into care at the age of ten but it was almost the best thing that happened to me because suddenly there was food everywhere.”

Mr McGuigan’s education suffered as he was moved in and out of different care homes.

He fell into drinking and drug taking as a teenager and lost his leg a decade ago after it became infected from a heroin needle.

He said he wanted to “name and shame” the MP.

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