As reported in the Herald yesterday, I have written to Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke about the UK Government's continued treatment of people with chronic, degenerative and lifelong conditions.
Last year his predecessor, Damian Green, promised that people with chronic, degenerative and lifelong conditions would no longer need to face repeated, unnecessary work capability assessments (WCAs) in future.
Yet ten months on nothing has changed.
It’s disgraceful that constituents of mine who are living with chronic, lifelong conditions are being asked to go through the repeated stress of WCAs to claim the benefits they are entitled to.
These conditions are not going to improve and in some cases are only going to get worse. And the medical evidence has been provided to prove this.
It’s time the UK Government showed some compassion and humanity by introducing these much-needed reforms.
Going back to Westminster after the summer recess you can almost feel the impending doom in the air. It’s the calm before the storm. Everyone knows something bad is going to happen. Just not what exactly. Like waiting for the ghoul to reveal itself in a horror movie.
And as the dread unfolds the discussion about whether there should be another Brexit referendum will intensify.
We need to talk about democracy. The UK government recently hosted its first ever “National Democracy Week” – with no sense of irony.
We absolutely should be celebrating the 90th anniversary of the equalisation of voting ages for men and women. Nobody would argue with that.