Theresa May Booed By Crowd At Paralympics

Another leading member of the Government has been booed by spectators at the Paralympics - this time Home Secretary Theresa May.

She was jeered when it was announced she was to present the medals for the men's 1500m T20, won by Peyman Bazanjan of Iran.

The reception was not quite as hostile as that given to Chancellor George Osborne in the Olympic Stadium on Monday, but more than enough to make Ms May look uncomfortable.

By contrast, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, was cheered loudly when he presented winners' medals, and there was wild applause for British javelin legend Tessa Sanderson as she was introduced.

Mr Osborne initially laughed when the booing erupted at the 80,000-seater stadium but his expression darkened as it went on.

At Prime Ministers Questions, Labour leader Ed Miliband said the crowd was reflecting the feelings of the whole country.

The Government has been under fire from disabled rights groups for awarding a contract to carry out "fit for work" assessments to Paralympic sponsor Atos.

Rallies have been staged by activists over tests which have been described as "damaging and distressing".

The Prime Minister also received a less than enthusiastic reception from spectators at the Aquatics Centre on Sunday.

By contrast, former Labour Prime Minister and Chancellor Gordon Brown received a hearty cheer when he presented medals to the swimmers.

A Downing Street spokesman said the booing would not stop ministers going to the Games. "It is important (they) are seen to be in support of the Paralympics. Ministers have been going and will continue to do so."