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Equality watchdog’s Tory peer challenged over benefits rhetoric PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dave Edwards   
Monday, 23 June 2014 15:52

The Tory peer who heads the equality watchdog’s disability committee has faced tough questions over whether the hostile rhetoric of his party’s ministers has helped to fuel hate crime.

Lord [Chris] Holmes, a commissioner with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said he placed more blame for any increase in disability hate crime on the media.

He was speaking at a meeting of the all-party parliamentary disability group, which was discussing progress since the commission’s 2011 report on disability-related harassment.

But he was challenged by the Labour peer Baroness [Rosalie] Wilkins, who said: “There has been a very marked change of attitude towards disabled people under this government and I regret to say you are a [Conservative] peer.

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