Errol Graham will be remembered on Friday February 7

A vigil will be held for Errol Graham, the Nottingham man who died weight weighing just four and a half stone after his benefits were cut.

It comes as Nottingham South MP Lilian Greenwood urged the government to help claimants more.

Mr Graham died of starvation in January, after the Department for Work and Pensions withdrew his out-of-work and housing benefits.

The 57-year-old’s benefits were withdrawn after he missed a fit-for-work test because he was experiencing “acute” mental health problems, locking himself in his room and not answering any calls.

His body was discovered by bailiffs who attended the property to evict Mr Graham for non-payment of rent.

“THE FIRST PRIORITY OF GOVERNMENT IS TO KEEP ITS CITIZENS SAFE – HOW MANY MORE VULNERABLE BENEFIT CLAIMANTS WILL HAVE TO DIE BEFORE HIS GOVERNMENT STARTS TO VALUE THEIR LIVES?”
LILIAN GREENWOOD – NOTTINGHAM SOUTH MP

The vigil will be held at the Brian Clough Statue on Friday at 5:30pm, hosted by the Nottingham People’s Assembly Against Austerity.

Stewart Halforty, 39, Secretary for Nottingham People’s Assembly Against Austerity said that they are working with Graham’s to get justice.

He stated: “We contacted the family and they gave permission to hold a celebration of Errol. We decided to host it on Friday as that is when the Local MPs are in the area and we would like them to attend.”

“I didn’t believe it when I read about his death,” he added. “I had seen it happen in other cities before but never here.”

Meanwhile, in parliament, Mrs Greenwood raised the issue with prime minister Boris Johnson.

She said: “The first priority of government is to keep its citizens safe – how many more vulnerable benefit claimants will have to die before his government starts to value their lives?”

The assembly’s Facebook page, which advertised the vigil, posted: “Errol’s death should shock Britain into awareness of the damage that austerity is doing. Errol was one of us, a citizen of our city.

“If we don’t mark his passing, there will be more Errol Grahams, and austerity will become a permanent feature of British life.”