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Rees-Mogg confronted by Disabled Activist

Dominic Hutchins confronting Jacob Rees-Mogg in manchester
Dominic Hutchins confronting Jacob Rees-Mogg in manchester Image credit: thenational.scot

Jacob Rees-Mogg has been confronted by a disabled activist outside the Conservative Party conference on Monday afternoon in Manchester.

The Leader of the House of Commons was cornered by Dominic Hutchins, who has cerebral palsy, who blamed the senior Tory for losing his youth worker job and being forced to attend a “humiliating” assessment to prove he had a disability.

Despite stopping to talk to the 43-year-old representing the Disabled People Against Cuts action group Rees-Mogg was told by Hutchins:  “You’re just another Eton millionaire Tory who looks down on disabled people.”

The Tory MP addressed the insult by saying: “I’m sorry you think that but I wish you well in your search for a job, I really do.”

When Hutchins asked to see Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Rees-Megg replied: “I’m sure he will know your point.”

Following the confrontation Hutchinson said it was “degrading” having to prove his disability in order to claim his Personal Independence Payment as he has been “disabled since birth”.

Even though his views were heard Hutchins does not give up much hope any further action will be taken.

He said: “But I don’t believe it will do any good. There are a lot of disabled people who can’t speak up so I think it’s very important that those who can do – because if I don’t nobody is going to.”

Dominic Hutchins ran for Labour as a parish councillor but left the party after losing faith in leader Sir Keir Starmer.