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Courageous Lizzie to meet PM
A YOUNG woman with a facial deformity who battled to get a job has been invited to meet the Prime Minister today.
Lizzie Court of Preston, Weymouth, will form part of a speech to be made by David Cameron at the London School of Economics.
He will salute her courage in fighting prejudice to land her dream job after undergoing 19 interviews without being offered employment.
The 21-year-old, who works on the reception at Weymouth charity Abilities, caught the attention of the PM when she app-eared in the Echo recently calling for employers to change their attitude.
Lizzie, who was born with Goldenhar syndrome meaning she had no jaw, left eye and left ear, told how she had been followed in the street by people who wanted to take a closer look at her face.
She said she was ‘excited’ to meet the PM.
The invitation follows on from a hand-written note from Mr Cameron, who wrote that it was wonderful to read Lizzie’s story after her dad sent him the original Dorset Echo article from January.
Preston resident Lizzie said: “When I was at work David Cameron’s office phoned.
“It feels very exciting.
“It’s going to be quite the experience.”
Her dad David, 60, who will accompany Lizzie to London along with her mum Catherine, 61, said Lizzie – who has eight GCSEs and three BTEC diplomas – has faced ‘intolerance and ignorance’ in her struggle to get hired.
He said details of the PM’s speech were under wraps but Lizzie was being mentioned as someone who wanted to ‘get ahead’.
He added: “The speech is saying that it would have been easy for Lizzie to claim benefits.
“Mr Cameron will be saying that he was written to by Lizzie and she is an example of someone who wanted to prove to herself that she was worth something.
“It says that she persevered and managed to get an opportunity in Weymouth.”
South Dorset MP Richard Drax will soon visit Lizzie at her workplace to find out more about Abilities, which helps disabled people find work.
Former Weymouth College student Lizzie, who has recently joined the Conservative party, said she was looking forward to getting her very own ‘selfie’ with Mr Cameron.
She will be hoping to emulate US President Barack Obama and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who posed for a ‘selfie’ with Mr Cameron at Nelson Mandela’s funeral.
Lizzie said: “I’m going to try and get a selfie – I really want to have a picture of me with David Cameron on my Instagram.”
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