Michael Fabricant met Staffordshire RAGE demonstrators outside the House
of Commons on Parliament Square immediately following Prime Minister’s
Questions on Wednesday 4th July.
Michael Fabricant says: "I wish that Gordon Brown could have seen and
spoken to these demonstrators. I think he would be ashamed what the
Labour controlled County Council is doing in his name."
Over a hundred relatives, residents and service users from all over
Staffordshire travelled to the Houses of Parliament to stage a protest
outside at 12:00 pm on July 4th..
Under the RAGE Staffordshire banner and representing over 700 service
users, both the elderly and those with learning difficulties, protested
against Staffordshire County Council’s "Changing Lives" (nicknamed
"Ending Lives") policy which sees the closure of 22 Residential Care
Homes and 15 Day Centres for the elderly originally anticipated March
2008 and 12 Day Centres for those with Learning Difficulties in March
The protestors were also in the Court to hear their legal challenge in
the Court of Appeal.
Two petitions were presented at No.10 Downing Street by service users
and relatives, representing a care home and day centre in
Burton-on-Trent and another one in the Leek/Cheadle area of
Photograph on right shows demonstrators with (l to r) Elaine Kirkham, Joint Chair
Staffordshire RAGE, Michael Fabricant, Chris Pincher, Karen Bradley,
Jeremy Lefroy, and Andrew Griffiths.