UK 16 October 2013 Dennis Skinner demands Cameron abolish "heartless monster" Atos The MP for Bolsover was clearly furious at a constituent's treatment by the assessment company. Print HTML Dennis Skinner's angry, heartfelt plea on behalf of a - sadly now deceased - consituent, who had been left waiting for an appeal on having their benefits stopped for 11 months, was the highlight of today's PMQs. Here's the clip from the BBC: His constituent, a farmer, passed away from "aggressive cancer" that "took his sight, his hearing, and then - last Friday - took his life". He continued, voice wavering: Two things the Prime Minister should do. One, with immediate effect, make an ex gratia payment to his widow to cover the pain and loss of income, and second, abolish this cruel, heartless monster called Atos. Get rid of it! Cameron brushed the question off, saying, "I think it is important that we carry out proper assessments of whether people are qualified for benefits or are not qualified for benefits". › How Cameron misled MPs on living standards Dennis Skinner at PMQs. (Photo: iPlayer screenshot) Ian Steadman is a staff science and technology writer at the New Statesman. He is on Twitter as @iansteadman. Subscribe More Related articles The dog at the end of the lead may be small, but in fact what I’m walking is a hound of love Inside Big Ben: why the world’s most famous clock will soon lose its bong Is our obsession with class propping up the powerful?