Weymouth woman bags 'selfie' with PM David Cameron

Weymouth woman bags 'selfie' with PM David Cameron

Weymouth woman bags 'selfie' with PM David Cameron

Weymouth woman bags 'selfie' with PM David Cameron

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IT'S not every weekend that you get to have a 'selfie' with the Prime Minister, but Weymouth's Lizzie Court jumped at the chance.

Lizzie, who has a facial deformity and battled prejudice to land her dream job, caught the attention of David Cameron when she appeared in the Echo recently calling for employers to change their attitudes.

The 21-year-old was born with Goldenhar syndrome meaning she had no jaw, left eye and left ear.

The Prime Minister was so touched by Lizzie's story, that she formed part of a speech he made at the London School of Economics at the weekend.

He saluted her courage in fighting prejudice to land her dream job after undergoing 19 interviews without being offered employment.

The Preston resident said: “I didn't want the day to end. He waved at me at the end of speech and mentioned the selfie.”

Lizzie, who works at the reception at Weymouth charity Abilities,told the Echo how she had been followed in the street by people who wanted to take a closer look at her face.

The invitation follows on from a hand-written note from Mr Cameron, who got in touch after Lizzie's dad sent him the original Dorset Echo article from January.

She added: “When I was at work David Cameron's office phoned. It was so exciting.”

Her dad David, 60, accompanied Lizzie to London along with her mum Catherine, 61.

Lizzie - who has eight GCSEs and three BTEC diplomas - has faced 'intolerance and ignorance' in her struggle to get hired.

The PM's speech mentioned Lizzie as someone who wanted to 'get ahead'.

Dad David added: “The speech said that it would have been easy for Lizzie to claim benefits.

“Mr Cameron said 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, enjoyed getting her very own 'selfie' with Mr Cameron.

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3:14pm Sun 6 Apr 14

wykie says...

Would of punched him in the face
Would of punched him in the face wykie
  • Score: 6

3:27pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Seb Baker says...

While I wish Lizzie all the best, I can't for the life of me understand why Lizzie would want to join the Conservatives, or that Abilities want to be associated with a government that has consistently attacked the disabled through ATOS, Bedroom Tax, PIPs etc. Disabled people have faced appalling treatment at the hands of this lot, and most disability charities have chosen to stand up and speak out. http://www.disabilit
yrightsuk.org/policy
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While I wish Lizzie all the best, I can't for the life of me understand why Lizzie would want to join the Conservatives, or that Abilities want to be associated with a government that has consistently attacked the disabled through ATOS, Bedroom Tax, PIPs etc. Disabled people have faced appalling treatment at the hands of this lot, and most disability charities have chosen to stand up and speak out. http://www.disabilit yrightsuk.org/policy -campaigns/campaigns /hardest-hit-campaig n Seb Baker
  • Score: 14

5:11pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

Should have committed some crime Lizzie, Cameron is into chivalry justice it seems, Maria Miller can tell you all about it.
Should have committed some crime Lizzie, Cameron is into chivalry justice it seems, Maria Miller can tell you all about it. Sigurd Hoeberth
  • Score: 5

5:42pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

P.S could you ask him why he is such a coward and runs away from live TV debates with UKIP and at the same time insults democracy with Ed Milliband by trying to block thier participation in electoral debates on TV?

I thought we lived in a democracy, not a three party psuedo-communist state.
P.S could you ask him why he is such a coward and runs away from live TV debates with UKIP and at the same time insults democracy with Ed Milliband by trying to block thier participation in electoral debates on TV? I thought we lived in a democracy, not a three party psuedo-communist state. Sigurd Hoeberth
  • Score: 8

6:07pm Sun 6 Apr 14

woodsedge says...

Sigurd Hoeberth wrote:
Should have committed some crime Lizzie, Cameron is into chivalry justice it seems, Maria Miller can tell you all about it.
We agreed!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Sigurd Hoeberth[/bold] wrote: Should have committed some crime Lizzie, Cameron is into chivalry justice it seems, Maria Miller can tell you all about it.[/p][/quote]We agreed!!!! woodsedge
  • Score: -1

6:10pm Sun 6 Apr 14

woodsedge says...

Sigurd Hoeberth wrote:
P.S could you ask him why he is such a coward and runs away from live TV debates with UKIP and at the same time insults democracy with Ed Milliband by trying to block thier participation in electoral debates on TV?

I thought we lived in a democracy, not a three party psuedo-communist state.
That didn't last long! If you want to live in a communist state please, please move to China and take PUKIP with you!!
[quote][p][bold]Sigurd Hoeberth[/bold] wrote: P.S could you ask him why he is such a coward and runs away from live TV debates with UKIP and at the same time insults democracy with Ed Milliband by trying to block thier participation in electoral debates on TV? I thought we lived in a democracy, not a three party psuedo-communist state.[/p][/quote]That didn't last long! If you want to live in a communist state please, please move to China and take PUKIP with you!! woodsedge
  • Score: -9

6:49pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

woodsedge wrote:
Sigurd Hoeberth wrote:
Should have committed some crime Lizzie, Cameron is into chivalry justice it seems, Maria Miller can tell you all about it.
We agreed!!!!
Still using infantile tactic, now twisting what I said. Usual Woodsedge , representing the left field in all it's glory.
[quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sigurd Hoeberth[/bold] wrote: Should have committed some crime Lizzie, Cameron is into chivalry justice it seems, Maria Miller can tell you all about it.[/p][/quote]We agreed!!!![/p][/quote]Still using infantile tactic, now twisting what I said. Usual Woodsedge , representing the left field in all it's glory. Sigurd Hoeberth
  • Score: 4

11:42pm Sun 6 Apr 14

peskykat says...

Don't pick on the young lady just because she is a tory supporter,
well done to Lizzie and good luck for the feature , from a work programme client ( who is partially disabled !)
Don't pick on the young lady just because she is a tory supporter, well done to Lizzie and good luck for the feature , from a work programme client ( who is partially disabled !) peskykat
  • Score: 2

12:11pm Mon 7 Apr 14

JamesYoung says...

Good for Lizzie. While there is, of course, more than meets the eye here (this is obviously Cameron looking for an opportunity to claim that people with disabilities are doing well under the Tories), she should be congratulated for her achievements. Worth remembering, too, that any political party is driven by its members. A Tory party dominated by people like Lizzie would be a very different Tory party.
Good for Lizzie. While there is, of course, more than meets the eye here (this is obviously Cameron looking for an opportunity to claim that people with disabilities are doing well under the Tories), she should be congratulated for her achievements. Worth remembering, too, that any political party is driven by its members. A Tory party dominated by people like Lizzie would be a very different Tory party. JamesYoung
  • Score: 5

1:58pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

JamesYoung wrote:
Good for Lizzie. While there is, of course, more than meets the eye here (this is obviously Cameron looking for an opportunity to claim that people with disabilities are doing well under the Tories), she should be congratulated for her achievements. Worth remembering, too, that any political party is driven by its members. A Tory party dominated by people like Lizzie would be a very different Tory party.
Quite agree.
[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: Good for Lizzie. While there is, of course, more than meets the eye here (this is obviously Cameron looking for an opportunity to claim that people with disabilities are doing well under the Tories), she should be congratulated for her achievements. Worth remembering, too, that any political party is driven by its members. A Tory party dominated by people like Lizzie would be a very different Tory party.[/p][/quote]Quite agree. Sigurd Hoeberth
  • Score: 3

2:34pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

In fact I would go further and say , knowing how sick most are with the grotesque over-use of words like Hero, Brave and Courageous in the rags, especially when some wannabe self brand-maker is being called such for tying her own shoe laces, this young lady has the real merits to be called such words.

In a society, that despite some progress, still places such wholly artificial value on physical appearances, I think she is truly "Brave" to face the world the way she does and is an example to those of more superficial values.
In fact I would go further and say , knowing how sick most are with the grotesque over-use of words like Hero, Brave and Courageous in the rags, especially when some wannabe self brand-maker is being called such for tying her own shoe laces, this young lady has the real merits to be called such words. In a society, that despite some progress, still places such wholly artificial value on physical appearances, I think she is truly "Brave" to face the world the way she does and is an example to those of more superficial values. Sigurd Hoeberth
  • Score: 6

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