Conservative Minister Lord Freud was caught commenting on disabled people, claiming ‘they’re not worth the minimum wage’ sparking a backlash from the political community namely the Labour party.
Ed Miliband, leader of Labour party called for Lord Freud’s resignation and ever since pressure from many corners are pushing for his sacking including Coalition partner Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, saying the comment was ‘deeply distressing’ on LBC. Subsequently, a petition has reached almost 25,000 signatures calling for his removal of government. Ian Jones, Reading, started the petition on Change.org which has been rapidly increasing since the statement by the Welfare minister. Mr Jones claims the comment was ‘prejudicial’ and believes a ‘hate crime’.
Lord Freud however has come out and unequivocally apologised for the statement, saying it was taken out of context. Nonetheless many still call for his head as disability charities and unions claim a minister cannot stay as Welfare secretary with such views.
David Cameron has also fiercely rejected Miliband’s claims that Lord Freud’s comments were in any way linked to party plans or viewpoint. Alongside this, Cameron’s also removed Lord Freud from front bench duties in the House Of Lords.