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One-arm mum `not disabled'.


A MUM with only one arm was refused a blue parking badge - because she is not disabled enough.

Lesley Fitzpatrick, 33, born with no right arm, had an orange badge for six years.

But when she applied for the new blue badge she was told she had failed to prove she was disabled - both upper limbs must be affected to qualify.

Now Lesley, mum of 14-month-old Naomi, has to get husband Paul, 35, to take her shopping instead of driving herself.

She said: "It's very difficult for me to use a multi-storey car park.

"If I want to get anywhere I need to use onstreet parking."

Lesley, of Failsworth, Greater Manchester, has complained to her MP.

She added: "I hope to keep fighting this but I seem to have exhausted all avenues. I would like my independence back."

Oldham social services chief Gwylfn Evans admitted he was not happy refusing her but the law set "very clear instructions on who is eligible".


BATTLE: Lesley
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 16, 2001
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