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Esther McVey Is New DWP Secretary Of State

January 10, 2018

With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

Esther McVey, the deeply detested former minster for disabled people and employment minister, has become the new secretary of state for work and pensions in the current cabinet reshuffle.

McVey lost her Wirral West seat in the 2015 general election.

She was one of the few high profile tory losses and her failure to hold her seat was blamed in large part on her deep unpopularity with claimants whom she had been happy to portray as bogus.

In March 2013, following her appointment as minister for disabled people, a Daily Mail article with the headline: “I will go after the bogus disabled . . . some of the DO get better” went on to explain:

“She says many who get DLA and are officially classed ‘disabled’ are no such thing: ‘Only three per cent of people are born with a disability, the rest acquire it through accident or illness, but people come out of it. Thanks to medical advances, bodies heal.’”

But it was her comments in a debate in December 2013 that caused the greatest outrage.

McVey was left to speak in a debate about food banks after IDS left the chamber half way through and was accused by the press of ‘smirking’ whilst Labour MPs told of the plight of their constituents.

McVey told MPs:

“In the UK it is right that more people are… going to food banks because as times are tough, we are all having to pay back this £1.5 trillion debt personally which spiralled under Labour, we are all trying to live within our means, change the gear and make sure that we pay back all our debt which happened under them.”

McVey was parachuted into the safe Tatton constituency of George Osborne following his resignation in 2017.

The work and pensions post was originally offered to former education secretary Justine Greening in the current reshuffle, but she resigned sooner than accept it.

McVey replaces David Gauke, who only became secretary of state for work and pensions in June 2017.

McVey is the fourth person to hold the post in less than two years and the third to be appointed by Theresa May, giving a clear indication of how little importance is attached to the role.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 10, 2018 11:02 am

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  2. January 11, 2018 3:42 am

    >”Thanks to medical advances, bodies heal.”

    So it thinks that death has been cured does it?

    Insane and blatant – Fraud by false representation

    (1) A person is in breach of this section if he—
    (a) dishonestly makes a false representation, and
    (b) intends, by making the representation—
    -(i) to make a gain for himself or another, or
    -(ii) to cause loss to another or to expose another to a risk of loss.

    (2) A representation is false if—
    (a) it is untrue or misleading, and
    (b) the person making it knows that it is, or might be, untrue or misleading.

    (3) “Representation” means any representation as to fact or law, including a representation as to the state of mind of—
    (a) the person making the representation, or
    (b) any other person.

    (4) A representation may be express or implied.

    (5) For the purposes of this section a representation may be regarded as made if it (or anything implying it) is submitted in any form to any system or device designed to receive, convey or respond to communications (with or without human intervention).

    Fraud Act 2006 –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2006/35/contents

    >“In the UK it is right that more people are…
    >going to food banks because as times are tough”

    Starvation Torture –

    Criminal Justice Act 1988 – Torture
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1988/33/part/XI/crossheading/torture

    UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
    http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/CAT.aspx

    UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Articles
    https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities/convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities-2.html

  3. Ian permalink
    February 3, 2018 12:43 pm

    Until yesterday she was also part of the Samaritans! Has now resigned.

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