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Dame Anne Begg

Labour MP for Aberdeen South, the first permanent wheelchair user to be elected to the House of Commons

Anne Begg was elected the Labour MP for Aberdeen South in 1997, the first permanent wheelchair user to be elected to the House of Commons. Born in 1955 she was brought up in Brechin, Angus. Before her election she was a Secondary School English teacher for 19 years in Kirriemuir and Arbroath. She is now Chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee and was made a Dame in the 2011 New Year’s Honours List.

The Government's Work Programme Needs Some Work

It is not often that I am left speechless, but I when the producers of a BBC <em>Panorama </em>programme invited me in to view some of the footage they had shot of people's experience of the government's Work Programme I was left stunned and shocked.
04/02/2013 12:58 GMT