Watch: Fury in Scottish Parliament as McVey brushes off sanction of heart attack victim

DWP Secretary Esther McVey has long been reviled among disabled people and other benefit claimants, even when she was junior to Iain Duncan Smith, for the measures she pushed through that caused misery and hardship among some of our most vulnerable citizens, including hundreds of thousands of children pushed into poverty.

Now, as the head of the Work and Pensions department, she is no less a figure of horror and revulsion – and not only among claimants.

This morning, Ms McVey was in the Scottish Parliament to answer questions from MSPs about the devastating effect of DWP policies on their constituents – and the arrogant, even flippant manner of her response caused a rarely-seen level of outrage among listening MSPs:


If there’s a better representative of the Tories’ callous disregard for the suffering they inflict on the many than Esther McVey, you’d be hard-pressed to find one.

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