Politicians line up to highlight all the other reasons DWP boss Esther McVey should have resigned

Esther McVey at CPC 18 and the DWP logo
Emily Apple

The Department for Work and Pensions secretary Esther McVey has resigned. She departed the cabinet due to Theresa May’s botched Brexit deal. But politicians are lining up to point out all the other reasons why she should have resigned.

“A hostile environment”

Shadow minister for disabled people Marsha de Cordova pointed to the “hostile environment” the DWP has created for disabled people:

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Labour MP Richard Burgon pointed out she should have resigned “long ago”:

Meanwhile, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon echoed what many people are thinking:

But it was left to journalist Tom Peck to point out the real shock of her resignation:

Watching the resignations

Watching one resignation after another from May’s government is welcome. But we need to keep remembering why they’re resigning. In McVey’s case, she’s not resigning for misleading parliament twice over Universal Credit. Nor is she resigning because of the misery she’s caused to disabled people.

But this is exactly why the government needs to fall. Not over whatever botch job May has made of Brexit, but because of the utter misery the Conservative Party has caused across the country.

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