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Adam Lotun says / 28 September 2012

Adam Lotun fights Corby by-election

Adam Lotun fights Corby by-election

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Like hundreds of other disabled people in the UK today, Adam Lotun has experienced verbal and physical abuse, has been spat at, pushed off the pavement in his wheelchair into oncoming traffic and accused of single handedly bringing this Country to the brink of bankruptcy by claiming disability benefits.

Now on top of this, like thousands of other disabled people in the UK, Adam has been subjected to the ATOS work capability process and as a result has had his benefits cut and his accessible Motability vehicle taken away.

However, unlike most of his disabled peers who have been left feeling disempowered by the heartless actions of the coalition government, Adam Lotun has decided to make a public statement and say "no more". 

Taking his fight straight into the enemy camp, Adam is standing as a Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Corby By-Election on Nov 15th 2012. His aim is to show that the age of the career politician with their selfish, self promoting attitudes has ended and that the caring and compassionate society that he was brought up to believe in still exists.

Speaking in his Blog, Adam argues that today's politicians have lost their way and no longer care about those very people that they are supposed to represent.

"I'm arguing against injustices by those in power ... it is no longer acceptable that the 1% should be ruling over the 99% ... that Parliament needs to be reformed so that we can secure a future for my children and future generations."

Adam has been working with other disabled people to achieve disabled people's rights and equality for over 20 years. He has played a leading role in recent direct action initiatives, chaining himself to other wheelchair users in attempts to block roads and raise awareness of the damage resulting from cuts to disability benefits.

During this time he has heard many examples of discrimination and injustice, but the stories that are emerging from those disabled people who are being abused by the ATOS work capability process are causing him the most concern.

In his latest blog Adam comments on a recent CH4 television news item that focussed on one example of just how badly disabled people are being treated by this system.

"I have heard of a great many injustices to disabled people and have often taken up the fight with them to redress their wrongs ... but I have never witnessed anything so deliberate as to lead to the tragic and needless death of the disabled person upon who the CH4 news item was based ... it left me feeling sick to my stomach."

This particular news item has become a clarion call for Adam and those other disabled people who are working with him towards winning the Corby By-Election. Adam feels confident that the people of Corby will turn out in force to elect him as their parliamentary candidate, influenced by the support that he is receiving from across the country by the disabled community.

He added: "I know that the people of Corby believe that all of my supporters from around the UK who have offered their time, support and resources to enable me to represent them, will continue to assist us in our fight for true democracy.

"That they now have friends from as far afield as John O'Groats to Lands End who will have their hopes pinned on the people of Corby to make a stand against those outdates ideas that have led this country into the state it is."

They will do this by putting Adam forward as their choice to represent their community on the 15th November 2012.

If you feel able to spare time to assist Adam in his fight for parliamentary recognition then please contact him by clicking on this link to his blog. Any and all offers of help will be gratefully recieved, not just by him but by the people of Corby.

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Comments

Crippen

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30 September 2012

John Greally also posted a comment on Face Book which I feel is worth sharing on here:

"Get in behind Adam and all he stands for! What a staaunch champion for us all!

Vote for people like Adam and then things will almost inevitably improve. You have voted for members of the elite who made the right noises... and where did that get you. Wake up all!

Identify the machinery that makes bad policy and take it out - it's a wicked sausage mill otherwise and you will tire. Identify your own personal attitudes that make you fail your conscience and all too often accept the lesser of two evils... do you want evil?

The pendulum may be swinging in some circles against care and social responsibility... but be your own pendulum for heaven's sake. Please."

John Greally

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30 September 2012

The world needs less "geniuses" who take a pair of scissors to a list of state expenditures. Kids can do that.

The world needs more Adams. Only the good can do what he does.

Adam Lotun

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29 September 2012

I have a physical disability, mobility impairments, sensory impairments, disabling medical conditions, mental health issues and learning difficulties. I have faced challenges with my disabilities since birth and have acquired other disabilities during my 50yrs of life on this planet. I have been fighting for suitable accommodation and adjustments with adaptations for a decade now and have also had...See more

Isha

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28 September 2012

Some more keywords for this blog post: parliament, parliamentary candidate, Corby, ATOS, wheelchair, benefits, impairments, empower, empowerment

maria barton

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28 September 2012

thank you;OXO

richard downes

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28 September 2012

donate a pound at adam's blog lets get an activist into parliament

Chris Gibson

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28 September 2012

Right on Brother! You warm my heart on this cold and wet September day!

Peter Smith via Adam\'s blog

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28 September 2012

1000% support Adam It Is about time someone stood up to these nazis

Lisa Jeffs via Adam\'s blog

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28 September 2012

Wishing you success Adam !

John Skarp via Facebook

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28 September 2012

I don’t know where you find your grit and energy to keep fighting but I’m so glad you do. :)

Stephen Bee via Adam\'s blog

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28 September 2012

Evil Prevails when good men do nothing…Your a GOOD man Adam..and I support you

Ian Jones via Facebook

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28 September 2012

Adam, how us it going and what do you need my help with?

Crippen

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28 September 2012

If there's anyone with the time or experience to assist Adam, and especially if they live near Corby, please get in touch with him. The link on this blog will take you to his blog page where you can leave a message. Alternatively, send me your details (daveluptoncartoons@live.co.uk) and I'll be happy to pass them on :-)

Arty Farty

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28 September 2012

YES ... a crip in parliament who's a part of the protest movement! Give it to 'em my son! :)

Dave Lupton

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28 September 2012

It's a bit like David taking on Goliath but Adam has the integrity and honesty to bring the bastard down! Go for it my man ;-)

Phil Lockwood - via FaceBook

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28 September 2012

Go for it Adam :-)

Sean McGovern of Benefits Claiments Fight Back

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28 September 2012

Good luck, Adam.

kate thomson

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28 September 2012

Hi adam, well done to you, i wish i had the nerve and energy to do what you are doing, i live in fear everyday from this Gov and its draconian policies,ATOS and DWP. my postie instills terror every morning. you have my support tho i live in the wrong place to help physically but wish you the best of luck

Judith Pettigrew

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28 September 2012

Well done Adam: good luck in the election.