George Osborne parks in disabled bay: Tory Chancellor causes outrage by ignoring restrictions
He was branded selfish and arrogant after allowing his chauffeur to park his £50,000 Land Rover in a space reserved for the disabled
He's snatched millions of pounds in benefits from those in most need – and it seems that George Osborne could not care less about anyone else.
Tonight he was branded selfish and arrogant after allowing his chauffeur to park his £50,000 Land Rover in a space reserved for the disabled.
There were plenty of other places available just a few yards away as the Tory Chancellor was dropped off for a burger at an M4 service station.
But Mr Osborne was obviously far too important to waste valuable seconds – and the bright-yellow markings on the restricted bay were brazenly ignored.
Richard Hawkes, chief executive of the disability charity Scope claimed the incident “shows how wildly out of touch the Chancellor is with disabled people in the UK”.
He said: “They will see this as rubbing salt in their wounds.
"Many are already struggling to make ends meet, yet the Chancellor’s response has been to cut vital financial support and squeeze local care budgets.”
Mr Hawkes added: “This picture tells you everything about George Osborne’s toxic attitude to benefits.
"He talks about a broken system abused by scroungers – but has chosen to take advantage of it himself.”
Witnesses told how Mr Osborne and his entourage went for a McDonald’s as his driver sat inside the official car before popping out for a crafty cig.
One disgusted onlooker – a businessman in his 40s who admitted being a Tory voter – said: “I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw his driver pull into the disabled parking bay.
"It’s not as if they were in a rush to move. The car park wasn’t exactly full and there were plenty of other, ordinary spaces.”
The Chancellor had stopped at Magor services, near Newport, Gwent, as he returned from a speaking engagement at a nursery in Cardiff yesterday.
A close source said tonight: “He was dropped off outside the service station.
"While he was inside the car was moved to a disabled bay. He does not condone what happened in any way.”
But the source did not say if the Chancellor had admonished his driver.
It is not the first time Mr Osborne, who was booed by an 80,000-strong crowd at the Paralympics last year, has been accused of flouting the rules.
Last year the former Bullingdon Club boy was embroiled in the “Great Train Snobbery”, when he boarded a first class train carriage with only a second class ticket – and was eventually forced to cough up an extra £160.
In a further embarrassment, one service station worker admitted: “Not many people recognised him as George Obsorne.
"We thought it was Ed Balls.”