Tory disregard for disabled people could prove costly at the ballot box | Letter

Ditching the role of a dedicated minister for disabled people is troubling, says Colin Hughes

I am deeply concerned by the prime minister’s decision to remove the dedicated role of minister for disabled people, a position that has been part of the government for decades (Disabled people don’t need a minister, thinks Sunak – they just need to try harder, 14 December).

During my time as a producer on the BBC Radio 4 disability programme Does He Take Sugar?, I had the opportunity to interview several ministers for disabled people, both Conservative and Labour, including Nicholas Scott, Alan Howarth and Alistair Burt. I understand perhaps more than most the importance of the role to disabled people, and for the visibility and awareness of disability in the government.

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