One-legged beggar ‘names and shames’ Tory MP who told him to get a job


Mark McGuigan said ministerial aide Daniel Kawczynski loomed over him outside Westminster Tube station to tell him ‘get a job, find some work. Yes, I know it is hard, I have struggled too’.
The 47-year-old former drug addict, confined to a wheelchair after losing a leg to septicaemia from heroin use ten years ago, said he wanted to ‘name and shame’ the Tory MP over the October 7 incident.
‘He told me to stop begging and to get a job. He made me feel really small. He was so sanctimonious,’he told the Daily Mail.
‘I can’t get a job. I can barely read and write. Look at me, I am missing a leg. I said that to him but he just started getting more and more aggressive. It was horrible.
Daniel Kawczynski said he wanted to encourage the man to take advantage of government literacy and numeracy programmes (Picture: PA)
‘I felt very intimidated by the way he was leaning over me saying, “Get a job, get a job”. He was towering over me.’
Mr Kawczynski, aide to Welsh secretary David Jones, said he did not recall using the words attributed to him but wanted to help Mr McGuigan, from Bermondsey, south London, find work after learning he had problems reading and writing.
‘There are better and more productive ways for helping people spend their time,’ the MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham said.
But Mr McGuigan continued: ‘I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth like most MPs.
‘My parents were alcoholics, my brothers were burglars, my sisters were on the drink at an early age. My mother had six kids to look after, and I was the youngest. We didn’t have a bath, we had an outside toilet.’


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