Wheelchair protest at House of Commons chamber entrance over benefit cuts
The protesters sent a ‘message’ to Theresa May but greeted Jeremy Corbyn with a song.
Protesters in wheelchairs have blocked the MPs’ entrance to the House of Commons chamber to demonstrate over cuts to benefits.
The group, Disabled People Against Cuts, chanted “no justice, no peace” as they gathered in the Central Lobby.
Police formed a line at the entrance to the Members’ Lobby as some of the demonstrators demanded to talk to MPs.
The group said they wanted to stop cuts to social care and demanded the reintroduction of the independent living fund.
“This is a message to Theresa May, while we have no justice, you will have no peace,” they chanted.
“No more deaths from benefit cuts,” they added.
#Breaking Protesters in wheelchairs have blocked the MP's entrance to the House of Commons chamber to demonstrate over cuts to benefits— Press Association (@PA) July 19, 2017
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn greeted some of the group and was met with a chorus of “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn”.
Claire Glasman, 56, from London, who is part of women’s disability group WinVisible, said: “People are suffering as a result of cuts to social care. People are dying as a result of neglect.”