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Anger at Chancellor’s disability employment comments

Disability groups call for apology after Philip Hammond’s comments on disabled people and work.

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The Chancellor has been criticised by a disabled charity for saying high levels of disabled people in the workforce may have had an impact on productivity.

Speaking to the Treasury Committee, Philip Hammond said the UK should be “extremely proud of high levels of participation by disabled people”.

But that may have had an impact on the UK’s overall productivity.

Disabled charity Scope called for an apology, saying the comments were “unacceptable and derogatory”.

Last month the government announced plans to get a million more disabled people into work within a decade.

Anna Bird, director of policy and research at Scope, said Mr Hammond’s comments “fundamentally undermine the government’s policy and the ambition set out by the prime minister just a week ago”.

She called on him urgently to withdraw the remarks.

The challenge of getting to work in a wheelchair

Office for National Statistics figures show that disabled people remain twice as likely to be unemployed as their able-bodied peers.

Labour MP Marsha de Cordova, shadow minister for disabled people, tweeted: “As a disabled person I am shocked and appalled that Philip Hammond is trying to blame me and other disabled people for the Tories’ economic failure.

“He should apologise immediately for this disgraceful comment.”

She said the disability productivity gap had been “stuck at 30 odd percent” since 2010 and she called for a massive investment strategy and education programmes.

Sophie Morgan, a disability rights campaigner and presenter, expressed her anger on Twitter.

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This lie is a huge set back. There is NO evidence to back up his claim whatsoever. Our struggle to work – and be VALUED in society – is real and this will only make it harder. https://t.co/H1Co1bUAxt

— sophie morgan (@sophmorg) December 7, 2017 Report

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She was joined by inclusion expert Mik Scarlet, who responded to Mr Hammond by documenting his journey to work.

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Urh. Feeling all unproductive as I wake up @ 5.30am to leave for worl this morning. Traveling up to Birmingham to help an industry be more productive & attract more business. But as a pesky Disabled employee I must be dragging our country down. #hammondmustgo

— Mik Scarlet (@MikScarlet) December 7, 2017 Report

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Theresa May’s allies urge her to delay holding Cabinet reshuffle to May after ending year on unexpected high

THERESA May’s allies are urging her to delay a government reshuffle to May after her surprise end to the year on a high. The Prime Minister has been widely expected to freshen up her ageing Cabinet…

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THERESA May’s allies are urging her to delay a government reshuffle to May after her surprise end to the year on a high.

The Prime Minister has been widely expected to freshen up her ageing Cabinet with four or five new faces at the start of the New Year.

 Theresa May’s allies are urging her to delay a Cabine reshuffle to MayPA Theresa May’s allies are urging her to delay a Cabine reshuffle to May

She has also privately caved to backbench pressure to promote more younger Tory MP rising stars onto the frontbench for the first time.

But the unexpected upturn in the troubled PM’s fortunes by securing Phase Two of Brexit talks has lead to a rethink among some in No10.

Mrs May’s aides are split over whether to now carry out the reshuffle after the council elections in May instead, when a wipeout in the cities is feared.

Holding on another five months would also help keep  ministers in line over the crucial internal deliberations until March over what exactly to ask the EU for in a Brexit trade deal.

 Education Secretary Justine Greening, Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire and Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom, pictured, are also said to be vulnerablePA Education Secretary Justine Greening, Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire and Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom, pictured, are also said to be vulnerable

One close ally of Mrs May told The Sun: “A reshuffle is not a card any PM can play too often, so you should only do one when you really have to.

“They have a habit of creating more problems than they solve, so there is a growing feeling not to rock the boat now Theresa is looking  more solid.

“We will also get an undoubted kicking at the locals in May, so we’ll need something to regain the initiative after them.”

Next year’s local elections on Thursday May 3 are largely being held only in the bigger towns and cities, including all 32 London boroughs.

 The PM will decide on when to hold the second reshuffle of her reign as PM over the Christmas breakPA The PM will decide on when to hold the second reshuffle of her reign as PM over the Christmas break

The Tories suffered heavy losses in the urban areas at the June general election and senior party figures fear a repeat drubbing, leaving the poll’s aftermath a moment of certain danger for Mrs May.

The PM will decide on when to hold the second reshuffle of her reign as PM over the Christmas break.

First Secretary Damian Green ongoing sexual harassment probe is also a key factor in her thinking, The Sun has been told.

Mrs May wants her de facto deputy’s precarious situation to be resolved first so she knows whether he needs to be replaced.

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Porn legend Keiran Lee attacks cyber bullies after three adult star deaths in five weeks

A TOP porn star claims cyber bullies are having a devastating impact on the industry – after the sudden deaths of three adult performers in recent weeks. Renowned Brit adult entertainer Keira…

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A TOP porn star claims cyber bullies are having a devastating impact on the industry – after the sudden deaths of three adult performers in recent weeks.

Renowned Brit adult entertainer Keiran Lee has today paid tribute to his friend August Ames who was found dead after a tweet she posted sparked a homophobic row.

 Keiran Lee has slammed cyber bullies who attacked August in the days before her deathGetty – Contributor Keiran Lee has slammed cyber bullies who attacked August in the days before her death

Shyla Stylez and Yuri Luv were also found dead in tragic circumstances within just five weeks of each other — leading to calls for action from colleagues and fans.

Speaking to The Sun from the capital of porn Los Angeles, Derby-born Keiran, 33, said: “Cyber bullying was the final push for August.

“If you’re reading hate after hate every day it’s going to knock your confidence and make you question certain things.

“Porn stars are no different to sport personalities, or film stars who have to put up with trolls every day.

 X-rated actress August Ames died last month after a battle with depression@msmaplefever : Instagram X-rated actress August Ames died last month after a battle with depression Porn star August Ames dead at 23 after starring in more than 270 flicks

“I get a lot of Twitter hate. I don’t post anything about my family because if I was to put a picture of my son up, I would get messages like ‘oh yeah you’re son’s going to be so proud. You’re a w***e you’re going to go to hell’.”

He added: “Everyone is probably thinking she’s just another porn girl who has died after doing too many drugs, but that’s 110 per cent not the case.

“She was not a party girl. She would go to work, come home and smoke weed watching c**p films and play with her cats.

“Everyone in the industry is very shocked and saddened. “

Twenty three-year-old August, who performed in more than 270 x-rated flicks since joining the industry in 2014, was found hanged in a park close to the California home she shared with her husband Kevin Moore.

In the days before her death, August, whose real name was Mercedes Grabowski, had been attacked online after saying she wouldn’t shoot a scene with an actor who had performed in gay porn.

She is believed to have been battling with depression before her death on December 5.

 Ames had previously spoken about depression and others are now stressing the need for discussion@msmaplefever : Instagram Ames had previously spoken about depression and others are now stressing the need for discussion

Since then, many inside and outside the porn industry have demanded answers following the sudden three deaths.

Keiran, who has starred in more than 1,200 scenes in his career, said: “You would never have guessed those girls would have killed themselves.

“Ever since everyone has been checking in with each other.

“It has brought the industry even closer together, even stronger. Although it’s a very large industry, it’s also very close knit.

“We have all said enough is enough with these cyber bullies, we shouldn’t be having to put up with it.”

 The tragic death of porn actress Yurizan Beltran was announced on FridayInstagram The tragic death of porn actress Yurizan Beltran was announced on Friday  Yuri's death has sparked a call for answers as concerns over performers' mental health is raisedInstagram Yuri’s death has sparked a call for answers as concerns over performers’ mental health is raised Porn star Yurizan Beltran found dead at age 31 after a suspected overdose

Yuri, also known as Yurizan Beltran, died at the age of 31, with early reports suggesting she may have overdosed on pills.

Shy Love, a friend of Yuri, said: “Being a porn star is a harder job them most can imagine and I wish that porn girls got way more respect for their jobs and hard work.”

Announcing her death, Dan Hogue, from PornStar Platinum, said: “It is with a heavy heart I write this.

“The entire PornStar Platinum family is in mourning at the news of the loss of one of its family members.

 Canadian Shyla Stylez was found unresponsive at her mum's homeTwitter Canadian Shyla Stylez was found unresponsive at her mum’s home

“Yuri was found today at the age of 31. She was always kind to me and we will miss her.”

Colleague Nickey Milo said: “Beltran died of an apparent drug overdose… There were pills found near the bed.”

Canadian Shyla Stylez, real name Amanda Friedland, was found unresponsive at her mum’s home last month.

The 35-year-old reportedly died in her sleep at the property in British Columbia on November 9.

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Former Coronation Street star Bruno Langley had sex with girl, 16, and asked her to read him erotic novel 50 Shades

CORRIE pervert Bruno Langley preyed on a 16-year-old girl before they had sex at her home. Langley, then 29, continued to pester the teen after she dumped him. She said of the star, who groped two …

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CORRIE pervert Bruno Langley preyed on a 16-year-old girl before they had sex at her home.

Langley, then 29, continued to pester the teen after she dumped him.

 Ex-Coronation Street star Bruno Langley had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girlRex Features Ex-Coronation Street star Bruno Langley had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl

She said of the star, who groped two clubbers: “He was creepy.”

Bruno Langley asked the 16-year-old girl to read him passages from 50 Shades of Grey on their first date.

She told how the actor, axed from Coronation Street for groping two women, joked about how young she looked on their first date.

Now 21, she recalled: “When he was buying the cinema tickets, the cashier said, ‘Two adults?’ And he laughed and said, ‘Well, not really’.”

 The girl, who wishes to remain anonymous, says she dumped the actor for being 'creepy'Tony Spencer The girl, who wishes to remain anonymous, says she dumped the actor for being ‘creepy’

As he walked her home, the sleazy soap star spied the erotic novel 50 Shades in her handbag.

She said: “He then asked me to read it to him, which was so embarrassing and cringeworthy.”

She said Langley, who played Todd Grimshaw in the ITV soap, marched over to her at a party in July 2012 — just weeks after she left school.

The bar worker, who we are not naming, recalled: “He said, ‘Why isn’t my number in your phone?’ He was pretty famous, so I was taken aback he came over.

“And he seemed nice, even though he was a bit cocky. I think he fancied himself more than I did.”

 The actor, who has been axed from Coronation Street, has pleaded guilty to indecent assaults on two women while in a nightclubPA:Press Association The actor, who has been axed from Coronation Street, has pleaded guilty to indecent assaults on two women while in a nightclub

They messaged and talked while she was on holiday, then began to see each other twice a week when she returned.

She said they had sex in her bedroom but she ended the relationship after six weeks as he was getting too clingy.

She recalled: “He was just a bit creepy. I went to a festival and he was texting me, asking to see me when I returned.

“But I said ‘no’ because I was so tired. I ended up falling asleep on the sofa and he turned up at my door. I thought that was completely desperate and quite strange.”

 The bar worker, now aged 21, began texting Bruno Langley after meeting him a party weeks after finishing schoolTony Spencer The bar worker, now aged 21, began texting Bruno Langley after meeting him a party weeks after finishing school

She ordered him to leave then ignored all his messages but Langley got back in touch with her in January 2013.

By then she was seeing someone else, yet she said he continued to pester her at work, until just weeks before his arrest in September for sexual assault.

She said: “I found out from a friend about the charges and I wasn’t surprised.”

Langley, 34, of Altrincham, Gtr Manchester, pleaded guilty last month to indecent assaults on two women at a nightclub.

Bruno Langley leaves court after sentencing for sexual assault  Bruno Langley, 34, blamed his sex attacks on women on the stress of playing a gay character on Coronation StreetRex Features Bruno Langley, 34, blamed his sex attacks on women on the stress of playing a gay character on Coronation Street

Magistrates heard he grabbed the crotch of one victim in front of her husband and also intimately touched another.

He was spared prison, instead receiving a 12-month community order while being ordered to sign the sex offenders register.

The dad of one issued a grovelling apology for the nightclub assaults and promised to get help for alcohol addiction.

He said: “It must have been awful for those women, and I’m ashamed of myself. I’m truly sorry.”

 Bruno Langley was spared prison for indecently assaulting two women, but received a 12-month community orderNews Group Newspapers Ltd Bruno Langley was spared prison for indecently assaulting two women, but received a 12-month community order

But his former teen lover said last night: “I don’t think his apology will wash with anyone. He didn’t have a drinking problem when he was preying on me.”

She went on: “I was so young and naive. But I am now old enough to know the age gap was inappropriate.

“Hopefully this has been a wake up-call to him. The whole thing left me feeling really dirty.”

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