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Charity voices anger after MPs ‘mocked Tory with disability’

Speaker urged to investigate after Paul Maynard told Times some Labour MPs ‘pulled faces’ at him in apparent mimicry of his cerebral palsy

A disability charity today rebuked MPs amid claims that Paul Maynard, a Conservative MP with cerebral palsy, had been mocked by members of the opposition during a Commons debate.

Pressure mounted on the Speaker, John Bercow, to investigate after Maynard – who was elected as the Conservative MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys in May – told the Times on Saturday that some Labour MPs were “pulling faces” at him in apparent mimicry of his disability as he delivered a speech in October, which he said had been one of the hardest things he had done in his life.

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