Monday 16 April 2018 / 2:27 PM Margaret Greenwood / Work and Pensions

Esther McVey should retract her comments and issue an apology – Margaret Greenwood

Margaret Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to comments by Esther McVey on the ‘rape clause’ in evidence to the Scottish Social Security Commission, said:

“Esther McVey has completely failed to address the very serious issue of a woman being forced to reveal a profoundly traumatic experience to access a benefit.

“To suggest this might offer a woman ‘an outlet’ to discuss what has happened shows a lack of sensitivity and awareness of a woman’s feelings about such a violent and appalling crime.

“Forcing a burden of proof upon survivors of rape is morally wrong. Esther McVey should retract her comments and issue an apology.

“Labour will scrap the ‘rape clause’ and transform the social security system so it is there for all those who need it.”