An MP who suffered a serious slip and fall on a skiing holiday abroad has lost his
injury claim for an electric wheelchair.
Conservative Graham Stuart was badly injured in a freak accident during a four-day trip to Chamonix in the French Alps in March.
The MP for Beverley and Holderness sustained a collapsed lung, five broken ribs and a “smashed up” pelvis and had to have major surgery to insert plates into his hip.
But the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) denied him an electric wheelchair on expenses.
Mr Stuart, 51, had to borrow one from the aunt of Conservative colleague Adam Holloway MP instead.
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Stuart tells of paralysis fear
Mr Stuart believes that the Ipsa ruling showed that the authority did not understand the sheer size of the Palace of Westminster, the building he has to get around on a daily basis.
He added: “It’s quite hard to understand how anyone could get about if they didn’t have something like that.”
The MP added that it would “cause concern” if the same mindset applied to disabled people seeking benefits.
Mr Stuart said when the slip and fall happened he thought he might be paralysed.
He slipped on ice just feet from a restaurant he was going to on the last day of the holiday. His skis catapulted over his head and he landed awkwardly.
Date Published: July 11, 2013
Author: David Brown