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Haverfordwest: Protesters want Stephen Crabb MP to resign as Mencap patron

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Protesters outside Stephen Crabb MP's office (Pic: M Hillen/Herald)

Protesters outside Stephen Crabb MP’s office (Pic: M Hillen/Herald)

PLAID CYMRU, labour and The Green Party were amongst those represented at a demonstration outside Stephen Crabb MP’s office in Haverfordwest on Saturday.
The protest, organised by Pembrokeshire People’s Assembly Against Austerity was over Mr Crabb’s voting record on welfare, and included a call for him to step down as patron of Mencap.
Just over forty people attended the protest, which took place during heavy rain.
Adam Smith, Spokesman for Welsh Green Pride said that Stephen Crabb needed to know that “gay people cannot be cured, it’s not an illness it’s a way of life”.
Romayne Phoenix, National Co-Chair of The People’s Assembly said: “With Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation and the government forced to backtrack on Osborne’s disastrous budget, there are many more British people now recognising the hypocrisy of having Tory patrons of these disability charities which focus on care. The pressure is on, and Crabb’s appointment looks to have been a mistake made in a hurry that the Tories will regret for a long time.”
A petition calling for Mr Crabb to resign from his patron post has had more than 12,000 signatures.
Jim Scott, who started the petition told The Herald: “There is now overwhelming pressure from all quarters for Crabb to resign this post. The Mencap Facebook page has been inundated with comments requesting that Crabb be removed as their patron.
“A great many people have written and emailed Mencap locally as well as nationally.
“Many people have even said that they will be withholding their donations until this matter is resolved.
“The petition continues to grow.
“Public pressure as well as the efforts of DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts) has already forced four MP’s to resign their patronages of other disability charities.
“It is just a matter of time now. Mr Crabb simply cannot and will-not get away with voting in Westminster for cuts such as the ESA cut which is a ‘done-deal’ now for Mr Crabb and cannot be ‘undone’ .
“Yet then masquerade as some kind of champion for disabled people while back in Pembrokshire, his game is up! These cuts have already caused widespread poverty, destitution, homelessness and many suicides among our most vulnerable and deserving members of society. Crabb, and all other ESA voting MP’s simply have to go.”
Romayne Phoenix, National Co-Chair of The People’s Assembly said: “With Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation and the government forced to backtrack on Osborne’s disastrous budget, there are many more British people now recognising the hypocrisy of having Tory patrons of these disability charities & charities which focus on care.
“The pressure is on – and Crabb’s appointment looks to have been a mistake made in a hurry that the `Tories will regret for a long time.”
Mr Crabb remains an unabashed apologist for benefits cuts, and even his assurance that no further benefit cuts will take place before 2020 is potentially moot. If benefits are frozen, for example, their value will reduce in real terms.
Organisers say the reason for the demo is that as there has been no statement from Stephen Crabb’s office, nor Mencap Pembrokeshire indicating that Crabb is to resign as Mencap patron. They say that they had no other option but to press ahead with the demonstration.

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  1. Elaine Williams

    April 3, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Why would some need to wear masks to cover their faces ?

  2. Olivia Atkinson

    April 3, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    @ Elaine Williams: A very erudite comment on the article. btw I only see one (unless you count death)

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At approximately 2am this morning the RNLI lifeboat station, on Castle Hill, was broken into and money taken from the charity donation box.

Sometime overnight the padlock on the charity box for the Shipwrecked Mariners Society on Castle Square was broken and money taken from within.

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