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Disabled may as well 'walk into gas chamber' if Human Rights Act is scrapped

Published 28/09/2015

A general view of banners outside the Brighton Centre during the second day of the Labour Party Autumn Conference on September 28, 2015 in Brighton, United Kingdom. The four day annual Labour Party Conference takes place in Brighton and is expected to attract thousands of delegates with keynote speeches from influential politicians and over 500 fringe events. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
A general view of banners outside the Brighton Centre during the second day of the Labour Party Autumn Conference on September 28, 2015 in Brighton, United Kingdom. The four day annual Labour Party Conference takes place in Brighton and is expected to attract thousands of delegates with keynote speeches from influential politicians and over 500 fringe events. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Disabled people might as well "walk into the gas chamber" if the Government brings in a British Bill of Rights, the Labour Party conference has been told.

Sioux Blair-Jordan, of the Colchester Labour Party, said she was sick of "being demonised" and blamed for the country's problems, adding people who are chronically sick or disabled should be "seen as human beings".

Justice Secretary Michael Gove has promised to set out this autumn the Government's proposals to scrap the Human Rights Act - which enshrines the European Convention on Human Rights in British law - and replace it with a British Bill of Rights.

Ms Blair-Jordan also received a hug from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn following her speech, after earlier telling delegates: "I've met him a few times, he gives wonderful hugs.

"She also told the conference in Brighton: "Not all health issues are visible. I am sick of being demonised. I am sick of being blamed that all is wrong with this country.

"I am sick of the welfare cuts and I am not to blame, nor are the chronic sick and the rest of the disabled community, for what's wrong with this country.

"We are sick of being hated for being disabled. We are sick of being defined by our health. And we are sick of being denied our rights which many of us worked for.

"We need, as a party, to change how disabled and the chronic sick are seen and talked about. We need as a party to stop the facilities that disabled and chronic sick need from being closed - in my town, we've lost nearly everything.

"We need the disabled and the sick to be seen as human beings - we have our right to have our rights upheld and we need the NHS. We also need the EU to uphold our human rights because if Cameron does his Bill of Rights we might as well walk into the gas chamber today."

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