In her chariot of gold

Backbench Labour MP Anne Begg was present at last week’s launch of Design for Ability’s CD-Rom, a resource aiming to provide designers with information on what disabled consumers want.

The key discovery is that they want the same choice the rest of us enjoy, especially when buying aids such as wheelchairs and walking sticks.

Begg makes an ideal representative for the provision of choice. A wheelchair user herself, she recently fulfilled an ambition, and grabbed headlines, by acquiring a gold plated wheelchair. She saves it for special occasions, such as black tie dinners, to protect it from the rigours of regular air travel from Westminster to her Scottish home.

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