The beginning of a collection of vile quotes from Tories. Please contribute to the thread in the comments section so we can expose them for what they are.

Tories on food banks

Mark Pritchard – MP for The Wrekin in Shropshire
Tory MP Mark Pritchard walks out of election hustings in Shropshire after getting in row with constituents – Daily Mirror
‘Locals said the Wrekin MP had made inflammatory comments about people using food banks having ’58 inch TVs’ and ‘smoking £10 packs of cigarettes’, which sparked fury from the room’

Sheryll Murray – MP for South East Cornwall
Tory MP tells hustings: “I’m really pleased we have foodbanks” then threatens to call police on angry disabled voter – Evolve Politics

 

‘The Tory MP for South East Cornwall, Sheryll Murray, is today at the centre of a row with constituents after she told a local hustings that she was “really pleased we have foodbanks” in the area, and then threatened to phone the police on an audience member who challenged her words.’

Mark Winn – Councillor for Bedgrove
Tory councillor Mark Winn says food banks are only used by ‘those with drug, alcohol and mental health problems’ – The Independent

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‘The Aylesbury councillor was apparently infuriated by a Casualty storyline involving a young mother who, contrary to initial suspicions of drug abuse, is actually suffering from malnutrition.’

Dominic Raab – MP for Esher and Walton
Dominic Raab accused of ‘stupid and offensive’ food bank comment – The Guardian
‘Raab said “What they tend to find is the typical user of a food bank is not someone who’s languishing in poverty, it’s someone who has a cashflow problem episodically.”’

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Food bank statistics

Paul Maynard – MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys
Tory MP Paul Maynard Worries People Could Get Into Food Bank ‘Habit’
‘”I do not believe that immediate food relief should be the role of the government. We can’t make food banks part of the welfare state,” he said at a food poverty summit.’

Tories on disability

George Freeman – MP for Mid Norfolk
Disability benefits should go to ‘really disabled people’ not ‘anxiety sufferers’, says Theresa May’s adviser – The Independent
‘These tweaks are actually about rolling back some bizarre decisions by [benefits] tribunals that now mean benefits are being given to people who are taking pills at home, who suffer from anxiety,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live. “We want to make sure we get the money to the really disabled people who need it.’

 Grant Shapps – MP for Welwyn Hatfield
Tory claims on disability criticised by watchdog – Poverty and Social Exclusion
‘Shapps had said in March 2013 that: ‘878,300 people claiming incapacity benefit – more than a third of the total – have chosen to drop their benefit claim entirely rather than face a medical assessment’. Watchdog head Andrew Dilnot pointed out that the figure quoted by Shapps appeared to conflate official statistics relating to new claimants of employment and support allowance with official statistics on recipients of incapacity benefit who were being migrated across to employment and support allowance.’

Richard Graham – MP for Gloucester
Richard Graham criticised for his remark about degenerative conditions
‘Victoria Derbyshire: “There are plenty (of people) who are still being reassessed with permanent degenerative conditions.
Richard Graham: “Yes, some conditions do degenerate, some stabilise, occasionally some do get better. It’s a mixed situation.”
VD: “Which permanent degenerative condition gets better?
RG: “Victoria, I’m not going to try and get into an argument about specific conditions here.”
VD: “It’s not an argument. You just said some get better and I’m asking you which permanent degenerative conditions get better?”‘

Mark Spencer – MP for Sherwood, Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire MP Mark Spencer criticised after saying jobseekers should learn ‘discipline of timekeeping’ – Nottinghamshire Post
‘Nottinghamshire MP Mark Spencer has been criticised after appearing to defend a benefits system which left a job seeker with learning disabilities unable to afford food or electricity because he was four minutes late for a job centre appointment. “It is important that those seeking employment learn the discipline of timekeeping, which is an important part of securing and keeping a job.”’

Tories on LGBT

Andrew Turner – MP for Isle of Wight
Tory MP to stand down after ‘calling homosexuality a danger to society’ – The Independent
‘Student Esther Poucher, an LGBT campaigner, posted on Facebook that she had been “truly shocked” when he said he would not be attending an Isle of Wight Pride event. She wrote: “He told us that he’d been invited, but wasn’t intending to go. This is because (and this is a direct quote) he thinks that homosexuality is ‘wrong’ and ‘dangerous to society”

Kirsty Adams – Parliamentary candidate in Hove and Portslade
Conservative candidate Kirsty Adams linked to ‘gay cure’ church that ‘casts out demons’ – The Independent
‘Ms Adams attended the evangelical Kings’ Arms Church in Bedfordshire for many years, according to the Buzzfeed website. A 2010 investigation by The Observer exposed the church’s attempts to “cure” gay and transgender members by driving out their “demons” through prayer.’

David Davies – MP for Monmouth
Conservative MP says most parents do not want gay children – The Guardian
‘A Conservative MP has claimed that most parents do not want their children to be gay as he rounded on “barking mad” plans to allow same-sex marriage.’

Andrea Leadsom – Parliamentary candidate for South Northamptonshire. Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Tory leadership hopeful Andrea Leadsom’s five most controversial views – The Independent
‘In a blog post in 2009, Leadsom expressed her displeasure at gay adoption after reading a news story in the paper. “There’s a truly unbelievable story in the paper today, that a young brother and sister… have been turned down for adoption by their own grandparents… If that weren’t enough, the siblings are now to be adopted by two complete strangers against the wishes of the grandparents”. “And as if that weren’t enough, the two strangers are a gay couple, who have been selected ahead of several heterosexual couples,” she later added.’

Tories laughing at awful things

Tory ministers laugh as Jeremy Corbyn asks why Brits are getting poorer during PMQs The Independent video

Brexit PMQs: Tory MPs laugh as they are asked about Vote Leave’s promise to spend extra £350m on NHS The Independent video

Tories Laughing at Jeremy Corbyn’s Question during PMQs about someone struggling under tory cuts YouTube video

Tories and their general vile behaviour

William Wragg – MP for Hazel Grove
Tory MP criticised for canvassing during EU referendum campaign suspension after Jo Cox’s death – Manchester Evening News

‘A Greater Manchester MP has been criticised for canvassing whilst EU referendum campaigning was suspended out of respect for tragic MP Jo Cox. Hazel Grove MP William Wragg delivered leaflets door-to-door on Saturday – the day before campaigning for the June 23 poll started again nationally.’

Tim Loughton – MP for East Worthing and Shoreham
Tory MP Attacks Ken Loach For BAFTA Speech ‘Drivel’ – HuffPost UK
‘A Conservative MP has come under attack for dismissing director Ken Loach’s BAFTA speech as “drivel”. Loach, the Jeremy Corbyn supporting film maker, condemned the government for closing down its child refugee programme as he won a BAFTA for his film I, Daniel Blake. But Tory MP Tim Loughton, who attended the ceremony in London, was unimpressed.’

Pauline Latham – MP for Mid-Derbyshire
Tory MP says people should ‘stop being so sentimental’ about Syrian child refugees
‘A Conservative MP has caused anger after she urged people to “stop being so sentimental” about Syrian refugees fleeing the conflict to Europe. Pauline Latham, the MP for Mid Derbyshire, said that Syrian refugees who had made it to Europe were not under threat and were in safe countries. She said taking in refugees was acting as “pull factor” and that it would be best for them to stay in their home region.’

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