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MP praises courageous Lizzie after her long battle to find work
SOUTH Dorset MP Richard Drax headed to the workplace of a young woman with a facial deformity who battled to get a job.
The meeting took place after Weymouth’s Lizzie Court was invited to meet Prime Minister David Cameron.
Mr Cameron saluted her courage in fighting prejudice to land her dream job after undergoing 19 interviews without being offered employment.
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.
And now the 21-year-old, who works on the reception at Weymouth charity Abilities, has even been visited by her local MP.
She said: “It’s not every day you expect your local MP to pop into your workplace.
“It was really great – it’s all been very exciting lately.
“I managed to get a ‘selfie’ with Mr Drax – to add to my one with the Prime Minister.”
The Preston resident even formed part of Mr Cameron’s speech at the London School of Economics.
She caught the attention of the PM when she appeared in the Echo recently calling for employers to change their attitude.
The invitation followed on from a handwritten 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.
Her dad David, 60, said Lizzie – who has eight GCSEs and three BTEC diplomas – has faced ‘intolerance and ignorance’ in her struggle to get hired.
Mr Drax spent the morning finding out more about Abilities, which helps disabled people find work.
He said: “I am delighted that Lizzie got the job at this wonderful charity and that is the main thing.
“It is showing young people that if you are determined you can get a job.
“Lizzie is a prime example of someone who has pushed and pushed to get into the workplace.”
Robbie Cormack, chief executive of Abilities, said: “Lizzie got the job here off her own merit and not because of her disability.
“She is absolutely fabulous and we are looking to get her working here five days a week – she now does three days.
“Between us at Abilities we have 300 years of unemployment and none of us want to go back there.
“We manage to get many disabled people, some who have quite severe disabilities, into the workplace.”
He added: “We are so proud of Lizzie. She is a fantastic young woman.”
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