Politics Home reported that Ms Long Bailey had been gifted a bottle of wine after securing a medical review for the man, who was told there was “no hope” by care staff. “I promised him that we’d get some consultants in, we’d speak to the clinical commissioning group and we’d get another review done,” she told members at the party event.
“And from where he was as a practical vegetable to having that hope for the future, that made me realise how important my job was to fight for people who didn’t have a voice.”
Chloe Hayward from the UK Acquired Brain Injury slammed the leadership hopeful for her derogatory comments.
“It is very unfortunate that Rebecca used the phrase ‘practical vegetable'” said Hayward
“It is probable that the term ‘vegetative state’ was the one she was looking for which refers to a person who has a disorder of consciousness.”
A spokesperson for Ms Long Bailey defended her actions by saying that she made a “mistake.”
However, Twitter users were not so forgiving, as they took to their social media to express their outrage.
One said: “Practical vegetable? I don’t think so.”
A second exclaimed: “WTF were you thinking!? Offensive and shameful”
Another replied: “She is unfit to be running in the Labour leadership.”
It comes after Ms Long Bailey has been widely criticised for her outspoken opinion on abortions.
Members of the Labour party have labelled her views “absolutely toxic” after she gave a speech condemning pregnancy termination at Salford’s Catholic Cathedral; during the recent general election.