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TUC disability conference

Issue No. 2254

The fight against the government’s cuts dominated debates the TUC’s disability conference last week.

Around 200 delegates attended, with many describing how cuts were deepening poverty, social exclusion and inequality for disabled people.

There was also anger at Labour. Anne Begg MP addressed the conference as the chair of the parliamentary group on equalities.

Delegates said that it wasn’t enough for the Labour Party to be angry about the cuts, but not take action.

Sasha Callaghan, a member of the TUC disability committee, asked her, “When is the Labour Party going to start fighting for disabled people?”

The biggest applause came for delegates speaking about fighting back.

UCU delegate Rob Murthwaite was cheered when he said that it wasn’t sufficient to demand equality without taking action.

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Tue 31 May 2011, 18:33 BST
Issue No. 2254
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