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Disability charity forces out Tory Zac Goldsmith over ESA cuts

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor

Another Tory MP has been forced out as a patron of their chosen charity for supporting the ESA cuts.

Now supremely wealthy Zac Goldsmth, and candidate for London Mayor, has been booted out of Richmond AID after he backed cutting £30 a week for people with disabilities.

The cut reduces sick and disabled people’s Employment and Support Allowance payments from £102.15 to £73.10 a week from April 2017.

Zac’s support for the cruel cuts has led to a PR disaster for the anti-runway at Heathrow toff.

His decision to vote in favour of Iain Duncan Smith’s cuts meant his position as a patron for the charity was untenable.

In a statement the charity, which is run by and for disabled people said: “Richmond AID recently wrote to Zac Goldsmith with regard to his recent decision to vote for cuts to ESA and can confirm [he] has now stepped down as a patron.”

Lucy Byrne, the charity’s Chief Executive, said: “We are shocked and disappointed to find that both our local MPs here in the borough of Richmond voted for this cut, one of whom is patron of our organisation.

Having voted for this brutal cut we believe that Zac Goldsmiths’ position as patron is no longer tenable.”

North West Hampshire MP Kit Malthouse, has already been forced out as patron of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Its members said voting for the cuts “prevented him from being an effective patron.”

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