My name is Helen Sims. I was born with Cerebral Palsy, and I cannot walk or stand unaided.
I am one of the many thousands of disabled people being vilified and suffering as a result of this government's Welfare Reform policies. I need to tell you that disabled people like me, are living in fear of five more years under this government.
It would mean a lot to me, if before you vote in May, you considered the following:
Our Tory MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg voted:
IN FAVOUR of the Welfare Reform policies that have devastated the lives of disabled people.
IN FAVOUR of a reduction in spending on welfare benefits
AGAINST doing a Cumulative Impact Assessment, (to find out how Welfare Reform was impacting on disabled people).
AGAINST paying higher benefits over longer periods, for those unable to work due to illness or disability.
AGAINST finding out why food bank use has risen.
AGAINST increasing social security, (at least in line with prices)
IN FAVOUR of 'Bedroom Tax' - ('Spare Room Subsidy')
IN FAVOUR of tuition fees
IN FAVOUR of restricting Legal Aid
AGAINST a wholly elected (rather than hereditary), House of Lords
AGAINST spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed
AGAINST same sex marriage
AGAINST equal gay rights
IN FAVOUR of culling badgers to tackle bovine tuberculosis
AGAINST the smoking ban - (It was later revealed that he had connections to tobacco companies, which he failed to declare)
IN FAVOUR of ending financial support, for some 16-19 year olds in training and further education.
Do you want this man re-elected as MP for Bath and North East Somerset, for another five years?
As a disabled person (and long time, Disability Rights Campaigner), - I don't!
I dread to think what further damage, he will do to the lives of disabled people, and those on low incomes, if that happens! It actually scares me.
He has also spoken in favour of a pact between Tories and UKIP.
This is the stuff of nightmares for disabled people. It must not happen.
Recently, he also stated that members of the House of Lords, should be entitled to the 'highest quality champagne' because, it is their 'privilege!'
While many of his constituents, including disabled people and those on low incomes, struggle to make ends meet (and many have to rely on foodbanks, to feed their family), this is a disgusting attitude to have.
It only serves to prove how out of touch, he really is!
I feelhe does not have our best interests at heart.
Do you want him, to represent YOU?!
Thank you for taking the time, to read this.