Prime Minister Refuses To Criticise Tory Peers Who Made Disablist Comments

By John Pring in Disability News Service.

The prime minister has refused to criticise four Conservative peers who made discriminatory and disablist remarks about disabled peers working in the House of Lords.

Boris Johnson’s refusal to speak out came in response to a disabled constituent who wrote to him after reading last month’s Disability News Service (DNS) story about the comments made by Lord Farmer, Lord Howard of Rising, Baroness Noakes, and Viscount Trenchard.

They had been speaking during a debate on the continuing use of remote participation and “hybrid” sittings, which have been introduced in the Lords during the pandemic.

All four argued that the Lords should quickly return to “normal” and end the adjustments that have allowed disabled members and those shielding from coronavirus to vote and contribute to debates from their homes*.

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