Viewers noticed something curious happening in the background during last night’s Question Time showdown [VIDEO]

Question Time
Kerry-anne Mendoza

Last night’s BBC Question Time featured a major showdown between journalist Aditya Chakrabortty and a Tory councillor. But viewers noticed something a little curious in the background. It appears Labour MP Stella Creasy found some common ground with the Tory councillor.

The showdown

Disabled viewers and their allies were thrilled with Chakrabortty for raising the issue of disabled people being sent “to their deaths” by Theresa May’s government. But his statement was not hyperbole. It is backed up by multiple studies; such as one by Oxford and Liverpool Universities. It found that the suicides of an “additional” 590 people were linked to the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) Work Capability Assessment (WCA); as were 279,000 additional cases of mental health issues and 725,000 additional antidepressants prescriptions. And as The Canary’s Steve Topple points out:

Only in August, the Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Theresia Degener, said the UK government had created a ‘human catastrophe’ for disabled people, where society viewed them as ‘parasites, living on social benefits… and [living on] the taxes of other people’.

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The DWP’s own figures show that between December 2011 and February 2014 nearly 2,400 sick and disabled people died after being found fit for work. People in the final weeks of their lives are being put through gruelling assessments. And they’re suffering the stress of not knowing if, or when, their financial lifeline will be stripped away.

No poker face

Despite being entirely correct, Chakrabortty faced jeering from the audience and dark looks from his fellow panelists. He was then denounced as talking “inflammatory rubbish” by a Tory councillor in the audience.

But perhaps the most surprising reaction came from Labour MP Stella Creasy, who gave Chakrabortty a contemptuous shake of the head. And her reaction did not go unnoticed by viewers.

Creasy is a stellar advocate on women’s rights, but that advocacy has to stand when it clashes with austerity and disability, or it means nothing for swathes of women at the sharp end of both. And with John McDonnell’s promise to bring disabled people into government with a Labour win at the the next election, Creasy needs to get with the programme – fast.

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