But Hutchins said that due to cuts to local authorities’ budgets, the youth centre he had worked in closed down meaning he had to then claim benefits. Rees-Mogg claimed that local authorities manage their own budgets and that his previous employer had full responsibility for Hutchin’s previous job.
Hutchins disputed this given central government funds local government. “You’re just another Eton millionaire Tory who looks down on disabled people,” Hutchins said. “Shameful”.
Reacting to the clip after it circulated on social media, people praised Hutchins, including former Labour MP Anna Turley:
Heartbreaking. Almost every MP will have seen how the system treats people like Dominic over the last decade. https://t.co/psdsH34JsQ
Speaking to The Mirror after the event, Hutchins explained his motivations for stopping the minister. He said: “A lot of people with disabilities can’t do this, their voices aren’t heard so I tried to go out to make the point.
“If I don’t do it, the people like me who have cerebral palsy will never be heard.”