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Calls for Welfare Minister to resign over comments about wages for disabled workers

Welfare Reform Minister Lord Freud has issued a "full and unreserved apology" after suggesting that some disabled people are "not worth" the minimum wage - but stopped short of resigning.

The Tory peer said he had been "foolish" in "accepting the premise" of a question posed to him during a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference last month.

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Labour: Freud apology 'is not the end of the matter'

A Labour spokesman has said Welfare Minister Lord Freud's apology over his comments on disabled workers is "not the end of the matter".

Welfare Minister Lord Freud answering questions at a parliamentary committee. Credit: PA Wire

"It was he who said some disabled people are 'not worth the full wage' and it was he who suggested paying people just £2 an hour," the spokesman said.

"In fact he said he would go away to look at this issue, suggesting that this Government would consider it. Someone holding these views shouldn't be in government," he added.

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