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Labour MP Michael Meacher opened the debate on ATOS, stating that 1,300 people had died after being placed in the “work-related activity group”

Atos told incontinent woman to 'wear nappy': Firm condemned by MPs for pressuring sick and disabled into returning to work

Thousands of sick or disabled people have died after undergoing assessments to find out whether they were fit to work, the House of Commons was told today.

Doing nothing on US gun laws is no longer an option

Behind President Obama’s proposals, there looms a big question: in a nation of 80 million gun owners and roughly 300 million guns, will these changes make any difference?

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Exclusive: Britain leads the way as Paralympians get own series

After 80,000 sell-out crowds at the Summer Games two of eight grand prix meetings, including the final, will be held in the UK

The International Contergan Thalidomide Alliance attends a protest outside the German embassy in London in 2008

Thalidomide scandal: Twenty cases identified in past five years

Fifty years after the world was shocked by the thalidomide scandal, survivors are still being identified in Britain.

Jonnie Peacock is likely to be a big draw at the Olympic Stadium

Paralympics: London success earns 2017 world championships

London will make more sporting history by hosting the 2017 paralympic athletics world championships a month before the IAAF World Championships.

Ukip have suspended Geoffrey Clark as a candidate

Ukip candidate suspended after calling for compulsory abortion of Down's syndrome foetuses and free euthanasia advice for pensioners

Geoffrey Clarke's personal manifesto, which also called gay marriage an 'abhorrence', fueled concern about Ukip's extreme wing while its popularity soars

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Liverpool midfielder Suso fined by FA for calling Jose Enrique 'gay' on Twitter

Suso has become an increasingly important member of the Reds' first-team

Ukip candidate suspended after calling for compulsory abortion of Downs Syndrome foetuses and free euthanasia advice for pensioners

A charity is “disgusted and horrified” that a UK Independence Party candidate has appeared to call for compulsory abortion of any foetus with Down's syndrome or spina bifida.

The reality is that refusing us PIP would leave deafblind people like me unable to manage

The Government’s welfare reforms are leaving deafblind people in fear that they will struggle to communicate without support

Minister for disabled people, Esther McVey

More than 300,000 disabled people to have benefits cut says Esther McVey

More than 300,000 disabled people will have their benefits cut when Disability Living Allowance is replace by a new benefit, Esther McVey, the minister for disabled people, announced today – but the change has been delayed for two years.

Cycling: New director will support Brailsford

British Cycling is to recruit a programmes director to support the performance director, Dave Brailsford.

People with autism are ready to work - but this programme isn't helping

Just 15 per cent of those who have the condition are employed

So Atos are happy to test disabled people, but not so willing to evacuate them during a fire alarm

As the Atos boss is rewarded a £1million bonus, a man Parkinson’s disease was left behind during a fire alarm.

Geoff Meeghan has early-onset Parkinson’s and is unable to walk more than three metres without support

Disabled man abandoned on the second floor of building during Atos fire alarm evacuation

A disabled man was trapped in a centre run by Atos, which assesses fitness for work, when the fire alarm went off and staff evacuated the building, leaving him behind in his wheelchair.

International Day of Disabled People: Why isn't Iain Duncan Smith looking at the barriers that prevent disabled people from getting work?

The likelihood of a disabled person in the UK being unemployed is twice that of a non-disabled person.

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These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
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