Newbury MP's tweet over disabled protest prompts backlash

Richard Benyon labels campaigners 'bunch of charmers sitting down'

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Richard Benyon

Newbury MP Richard Benyon has been caught up in a Twitter storm after criticising protesters for blocking traffic. 

Demonstrators protesting against the Government's disability benefits cuts blocked traffic on Westminster Bridge yesterday afternoon (Wednesday).

Disabled People Against Cuts staged the protest against deaths apparently related to the cuts. 

Conservative Mr Benyon tweeted the following on seeing the protesters. 

The Tweet has since been deleted but the Conservative MP has still come under fire for his comment. 

Speaking to NewburyToday Mr Benyon said: "From my office window I couldn't see who was demonstrating. All I could see was a Unite banner and there were more police than demonstrators.

"To claim that I was criticising the disabled is both untrue and ridiculous."  

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  • spoilpartygames


    12/09/2016 - 12:12

    Richard Benyon's caring side in his own words: http://www.richardbenyon.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1037:westminster-diary-9th-september-2013&catid=34&Itemid=308


  • Blizzard

    08/09/2016 - 18:06

    Protesting against idiots like Benyon is a luxury. Well done on sticking your nose out and looking down at real people very worse off than you. Perhaps get off you arse and find out if it's something you could have helped and supported. No...there is no votes or money in it. Benyon represents himself. I would vote for Zig & Zag before him.


  • slimmanan6

    08/09/2016 - 17:05

    You should have got off your backside to find out who was protesting before making disparaging tweets about people a lot less fortunate than you.


  • NewburyResident

    08/09/2016 - 16:04

    Standing on Westminster Bridge I can see a building with about 650 charmers disrupting life for millions of Britons and charging them for the privilege :-(


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