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Esther McVey, the deeply detested former minster for disabled people and employment minister, has become the new secretary of state for work and pensions in the current cabinet reshuffle.

McVey lost her Wirral West seat in the 2015 general election.

She was one of the few high profile tory losses and her failure to hold her seat was blamed in large part on her deep unpopularity with claimants whom she had been happy to portray as bogus.

In March 2013, following her appointment as minister for disabled people, a Daily Mail article with the headline: “I will go after the bogus disabled . . . some of the DO get better” went on to explain:

“She says many who get DLA and are officially classed ‘disabled’ are no such thing: ‘Only three per cent of people are born with a disability, the rest acquire it through accident or illness, but people come out of it. Thanks to medical advances, bodies heal.’”

But it was her comments in a debate in December 2013 that caused the greatest outrage.

McVey was left to speak in a debate about food banks after IDS left the chamber half way through and was accused by the press of ‘smirking’ whilst Labour MPs told of the plight of their constituents.

McVey told MPs:

“In the UK it is right that more people are... going to food banks because as times are tough, we are all having to pay back this £1.5 trillion debt personally which spiralled under Labour, we are all trying to live within our means, change the gear and make sure that we pay back all our debt which happened under them.”

McVey was parachuted into the safe Tatton constituency of George Osborne following his resignation in 2017.

The work and pensions post was originally offered to former education secretary Justine Greening in the current reshuffle, but she resigned sooner than accept it.

McVey replaces David Gauke, who only became secretary of state for work and pensions in June 2017.

McVey is the fourth person to hold the post in less than two years and the third to be appointed by Theresa May, giving a clear indication of how little importance is attached to the role.

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#17 Jim Allison 2018-02-06 21:15
Ether McVey has been forced to step down from her role on the Samaritans‘ Advisory Board, after concerted pressure from campaigners following her recent appointment as the new Work and Pensions Secretary.
McVey’s promotion was met with anger and dismay from welfare rights activists and disabled person’s groups, because she supported many of the cuts to social security benefits disabled people rely on during her previous role as a Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The Tatton MP is widely regarded as being on the right of the Conservative Party and aided Iain Duncan Smith in enforcing a number of welfare ‘reforms’, including the introduction of the hated ‘bedroom tax’ and a raft of other benefit changes.

She is remembered for seemingly boasting that more than 300,000 disabled people would lose their benefits when reassessed for Personal Independence Payments, as well as voting to abolish the 10p tax rate but not to raise taxes for higher earners.

Commenting on McVey’s promotion to the Cabinet, Wirral South MP Alison McGovern said: “Like many in Merseyside, I am gobsmacked that anyone would think Esther McVey ought to be appointed Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.”

And would seem that others finally agree. In a press release published on their website, the Samaritans said: “Esther McVey MP has stepped down from our Advisory Board due to her commitments as Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions.

“She was invited by the Board to become a member in early 2017 when she was Chair of the British Transport Police Authority, one of the partners we work with to reduce suicides in the rail environment.

“We are extremely grateful to Esther for her support for the work of Samaritans and for the time she has given to the Advisory Board.
#16 Jim Allison 2018-01-20 17:15
Quoting Battle ESA 2017:
Hi Battle, 'nil bastardi carborundum" = don't let the bastards grind you down. I used to a B & W mod, one of the first and a Welfare Rights Specialist. Are you on PIP or on DLA waiting to be assessed for PIP. If waiting for Medical Assessment, insist on a home visit. Ask your GP to back you. As I used to be a DLA Tribunal Member, so get info that B & W often can't get, not Steve's fault, has his sources too. If you go to a Medical Assessment, DWP assume your mobility is OK. If you ask for home visit, you are 25% plus
more likely to get enhanced rate of PIP for mobility. Sorry cannot reveal my source except they work in PIP section.

Good Luck,

Jim



Hey, Jim I knew you from here and you being in the know? DLA TB Member, Mod etc. Hope your keeping well as can be Jim :P

My DLA to PIP done in October 2017 and was not an issue I had so much evidence and all the info was to the point got a PB ongoing award high on both done by Capita, and they diden't even lie or make a mistake as I got the full assesment report PA3 I diden't give them any wiggle room to bugger me over.

Jim I woulden't dream of asking your sources? Lol.

It's my ESA at some point been 4 years sg group, again I have watertight backup evidence stating about all functional restrictions and diagnosis and stating I can't use a wheelchair etc, I will never get better or be able to work again, and stating theres no cure for some of my conditions. So here's hoping it will go ok otherwise we will have a fight and I will fight hard as I darn well can. I will never go to their assesment centre it will be over my dead body.

Sorry, I stopped keeping up to date with ESA, only know about DLA/AA and PIP.

Good luck

Jim
#15 ThisGovernmentsGoneToFar 2018-01-20 01:20
Hi Battle, 'nil bastardi carborundum" = don't let the bastards grind you down. I used to a B & W mod, one of the first and a Welfare Rights Specialist. Are you on PIP or on DLA waiting to be assessed for PIP. If waiting for Medical Assessment, insist on a home visit. Ask your GP to back you. As I used to be a DLA Tribunal Member, so get info that B & W often can't get, not Steve's fault, has his sources too. If you go to a Medical Assessment, DWP assume your mobility is OK. If you ask for home visit, you are 25% plus more likely to get enhanced rate of PIP for mobility. Sorry cannot reveal my source except they work in PIP section.

Good Luck,

Jim


Hey, Jim I knew you from here and you being in the know? DLA TB Member, Mod etc. Hope your keeping well as can be Jim :P

My DLA to PIP done in October 2017 and was not an issue I had so much evidence and all the info was to the point got a PB ongoing award high on both done by Capita, and they diden't even lie or make a mistake as I got the full assesment report PA3 I diden't give them any wiggle room to bugger me over.

Jim I woulden't dream of asking your sources? Lol.

It's my ESA at some point been 4 years sg group, again I have watertight backup evidence stating about all functional restrictions and diagnosis and stating I can't use a wheelchair etc, I will never get better or be able to work again, and stating theres no cure for some of my conditions. So here's hoping it will go ok otherwise we will have a fight and I will fight hard as I darn well can. I will never go to their assesment centre it will be over my dead body.
+1 #14 Jim Allison 2018-01-19 11:57
Quoting Battle ESA 2017:
Quoting Jim Allison:
I can't think of any MP less able to do the job of Sec of State for DWP. As Minister for Disabled she put her foot in it several times.

I'd rather have IDS. Could send you lots of links about Mcvey, but Steve wouldn't let them through. However, try googling Esther McVey. You may be surprised? Jim


Well said there Jim, I certainly can agree wholly with you on this. I've done research on this and it's so disturbing we have this now in charge I'm sure as eggs is eggs people will only get pushed so far then they will snap? I myself have had enough of this fighting for what's right and I do say what I think and I will carry on till the day I die or even if I end up getting locked up.

I'm so fed up like many by the way we are all being treated with having disability's, it's not right you have to have a MR before appeal as i we know this was done just to cause more heartache to thes less fortunate in society.

It's a shame it's come to this.


Hi Battle, 'nil bastardi carborundum" = don't let the bastards grind you down. I used to a B & W mod, one of the first and a Welfare Rights Specialist. Are you on PIP or on DLA waiting to be assessed for PIP. If waiting for Medical Assessment, insist on a home visit. Ask your GP to back you. As I used to be a DLA Tribunal Member, so get info that B & W often can't get, not Steve's fault, has his sources too. If you go to a Medical Assessment, DWP assume your mobility is OK. If you ask for home visit, you are 25% plus more likely to get enhanced rate of PIP for mobility. Sorry cannot reveal my source except they work in PIP section.

Good Luck,

Jim
+2 #13 ThisGovernmentsGoneToFar 2018-01-18 18:30
Quoting Jim Allison:
I can't think of any MP less able to do the job of Sec of State for DWP. As Minister for Disabled she put her foot in it several times.

I'd rather have IDS. Could send you lots of links about Mcvey, but Steve wouldn't let them through. However, try googling Esther McVey. You may be surprised? Jim


Well said there Jim, I certainly can agree wholly with you on this. I've done research on this and it's so disturbing we have this now in charge I'm sure as eggs is eggs people will only get pushed so far then they will snap? I myself have had enough of this fighting for what's right and I do say what I think and I will carry on till the day I die or even if I end up getting locked up.

I'm so fed up like many by the way we are all being treated with having disability's, it's not right you have to have a MR before appeal as i we know this was done just to cause more heartache to thes less fortunate in society.

It's a shame it's come to this.
+2 #12 Jim Allison 2018-01-17 16:33
I can't think of any MP less able to do the job of Sec of State for DWP. As Minister for Disabled she put her foot in it several times.

I'd rather have IDS. Could send you lots of links about Mcvey, but Steve wouldn't let them through. However, try googling Esther McVey. You may be surprised?

Jim
+2 #11 angusrobertson 2018-01-17 11:36
Many pressure groups circulating petitions to get McVey sacked. e.g......
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/sack-esther-mcvey
+3 #10 ThisGovernmentsGoneToFar 2018-01-16 10:19
Funny that every comment I put on here regarding McVey gets removed or not posted, it's something like this that needs to be done with her, many will suffer at the mercy of this women as she has No morals for the disabled or vulnerable.

Bodies heal I've heard enough of this clap trap before that's why my medics have said I will not get better and only deteriorate how dare an assessment by a nurse tells me different. If the DWP have a magic cure then over it to me and I would take it to save all this said prolonged interrogation.. ... God help us.
+4 #9 Meg3 2018-01-15 22:17
Esther McVey says.... many who get DLA and are officially classed ‘disabled’ are no such thing: ‘Only three per cent of people are born with a disability, the rest acquire it through accident or illness, but people come out of it. Thanks to medical advances, bodies heal.’” How we all wish it was that simple Esther McVey that our bodies (and minds) just heal and we would be free from all DWP and ATOS interrogation of forms, interviews, fear of appeals and court dates, loss of money and quality of little life we have day to day!
I believe Esther McVey should be taken to court over her narrow mindness and disability discrimination and defamatory reports and comments, she may as well called everyone LAIRS! . I believe she has no medical training or background and she should have seeked professional medical facts and figures and also National statistics in the UK showing both physical and mental health disabilities,.
It is no wonder McVey was supportive of a point system that could give the sick and vulnerable 0 points or very little points and benefits after all she believe we all heal !
It is frightening that McVey is placed in such a powerful role -The Works and Pensions Secretary and she holds such damning beliefs of the vulnerable, sick and disabled in society,hopeful ly she will be held to account and very quickly removed,
+2 #8 Appletart 2018-01-15 17:35
I wonder if she will read the comments in the commons enquiry into the effectiveness of pip and esa assessments? As a minster she has an obligation to listen to the complaints.
+1 #7 donut16 2018-01-15 07:37
always appeal PIPs, ESA
+4 #6 Eli48 2018-01-10 09:39
Donald, people didn't vote tory, they voted UKIP, but because we have a rigged voting system called, 'first past the post,' the tories will get in, especially when they also cheat.
+10 #5 tintack 2018-01-10 01:01
It's almost as though they go out of their way to find the most odious and obnoxious people in the Tory party and then appoint them secretary of state at the DWP.

And what a track record McVey has! A disaster the last time she was at the department she now heads, booted out of her seat in 2015 and only back in the Commons now because she was parachuted into one of the safest Tory seats in the country. Result? Promotion. Who says failure is never rewarded? When this vacuous waste of oxygen can become a cabinet minister it's a dismal sign of just how low the bar is now set.
+11 #4 wobblin 2018-01-09 13:46
Ah, Esther McVey. A 'fine' example of the modern tory: classless, clueless, ruthless.
+8 #3 mike 2018-01-09 12:36
A Shameless and cruel face of our British Gov's humanitarian view of the modern world returns.
It fills everyone with apprehension and great fear yet again.
+10 #2 papasmurf 2018-01-09 11:23
"deeply detested " is putting it mildly looking at the comments on other forums.
+13 #1 donald king 2018-01-09 10:30
The return of McVey to DWP proves that all of the PM's blather about improving the lives of mentally ill people were simply lies. It says a lot about the PM's real attitude toward benefit claimants too. The Tories have stuck two fingers up in our faces. Never forgive, never forget. And never vote Tory again.

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