West Dunbartonshire’s MP Martin Docherty-Hughes has challenged Boris Johnson over the UK government’s appointment of a controversial adviser who was revealed to have “abhorrent views” on race and eugenics.
Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions, local SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes shared the experience of his late brother Graham Docherty, who was born with cerebral palsy and unable to talk, walk or feed himself, to condemn Boris Johnson’s Tory government for failing to act promptly over the “indefensible” views of former No. 10 adviser Andrew Sabisky.
During the exchange, the local MP said his brother Graham, who passed away aged 15, had brought joy and love to all who knew him. He demanded that the Prime Minister explain to the House, and every disabled person across the UK, why disgraced former aide Sabisky had not been immediately removed from position when his “abhorrent views” on eugenics had become apparent.
The Prime Minister responded saying that he did not share the views of Andrew Sabisky; however, he has been slammed by local MP Docherty-Hughes for No. 10’s dithering response and failure to unequivocally condemn the “discriminatory remarks” of disgraced adviser Sabisky.
Commenting, Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said:
“Serious questions remain over why the Tory UK government felt it appropriate to hire an adviser with such a well-documented history of abhorrent and indefensible views.
“All it took was a basic internet search to reveal the catalogue of derogatory remarks made by Andrew Sabisky about race, eugenics and disabled people.
“It’s shameful that this individual who had been so vocal in promoting eugenicist policies was hired in the first place by No. 10. It beggars belief that he was not immediately sacked by Boris Johnson once his abhorrent comments came to the fore.
“The majority of my constituents who value the contribution of people with disabilities will be appalled that the Prime Minister has once again failed to unequivocally condemn such discriminatory views.”