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Dame Anne questions Atos Paralympics sponsorship in Parliament

At Friday’s Department of Culture Media and Sport questions, Dame Anne questioned the sensitivity of Atos’s decision to sponsor the Paralympic games:

“The Paralympics were a huge success and the Channel 4 coverage was wonderful. Does the right hon. Lady agree that it was particularly insensitive of Atos to sponsor not only the games but the lanyards, so that every Paralympian was forced to wear the name of Atos around their neck? Perhaps Atos had a perverse reason for doing that, because a much wider audience now knows how it has been treating disabled people in the work capability assessment.”

Also in the debate, Katy Clark MP pointed out that “in contrast to the fantastic performances by the Paralympic athletes, the performance of Atos was slammed by the National Audit Office.”

Daily Politics and Good Morning Scotland: Paralympics and politics

Today, Dame Anne appeared on ‘Daily Politics’ on BBC One discussing the relationship between Labour and the trades unions. You can watch the programme on iPlayer (44mins in). On the show, guests also spoke about the long-term investments in to sports following the success of London 2012.

Dame Anne also spoke on Good Morning Scotland this morning about the changing attitudes to disability and the view that the Paralympics has allowed people to feel more comfortable discussing disability. You can hear GMS on the iPlayer too (2h 10mins in).

Dame Anne Praises North East Gold Medallist Paralympian Neil Fachie

Today Dame Anne  praised Paralympics athlete Neil Fachie for winning Team GB’s third gold medal in the 2012 Paralympics track cycling. Fachie, who is from Aberdeen, secured the win in the one kilometre time-trial on Saturday.

Dame Anne said: “I am delighted for Neil who has once again broken a world record. His success highlights the sporting talent we have here in Aberdeen, following on from our Olympic medallists last month.”