LONDON - An MP has told how a disabled man starved to death during the coronavirus lockdown because he could not access essential food. Labour MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy said she was aware of a ‘tragic’ report that a man in her constituency of Streatham, south London, had died after being unable to access food essentials. She said there was an issue in general with people with disabilities struggling to get food through priority delivery slots. She asked charities giving evidence to the Women and Equalities Committee what they felt about the Government’s ‘reluctance’ to expand the clinically vulnerable list. They said people are still finding it hard to get deliveries, some cannot socially isolate in supermarkets because they are blind, carers are being disbelieved when they say they are shopping for more than one person and customers are being asked to ‘prove’ their disability. Visit our live blog for the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Edel Harris, chief executive of the learning disability charity Mencap, said: ‘We need a little bit of agility around some of these lists and the ways in which they’re interpreted, so that the important message is that if you need support and help in one area of your life, in this context access to food, then you have the right help and support to enable that to happen.’ Fazilet Hadi, interim policy manager at Disability Rights UK, added there has been a ‘cynicism and a suspicion that people are somehow trying to work the system by somehow declaring a vulnerability’. But, she said, society should be ‘past that in terms of that kind of way of thinking about human beings’. She said: ‘Because there’s no promotion of what their reasonable adjustments are, we’re all getting very, very different experiences depending on the kindness and helpfulness and training of the staff in our particular supermarket. ‘I think it’s been (an) appalling catalogue. I understand why there was a disaster in the first couple of weeks, but I do not understand why the supermarkets are failing to take responsibility for their own disabled customers.’(FA)