Andrew Marr not disguising disability

Andrew Marr after stroke Andrew Marr hopes to be walking without a stick in a year's time

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Andrew Marr has defended the opening titles of his BBC One programme, which show him walking confidently before his stroke and riding a scooter, saying he's 'seeing small improvements all the time'.

His comments in the Daily Mail follow a piece by columnist Dominic Lawson suggesting that the opening sequence to The Andrew Marr Show should be reshot to depict the host's true condition.

Writing for the Mail, Lawson argued that 'it would actually be more heroic to show Marr entering as he does now in reality, walking with a stick. Disability should not be something to disguise, or hide in a corner'.

The BBC broadcaster - who had a stroke 18 months ago and has left-side paralysis - has hit back in the same publication, pointing out that his condition is not static.

In his riposte, Marr said: 'Many people recovering from a stroke don't like the word "disabled" at all, on the grounds that it suggests a static condition from which one cannot recover.

'And the truth is I'm not disabled in the same way that somebody who has lost a leg, or is born with a disability, might be disabled.'

The host admitted that he might never be 100% again, but 'I do very much hope that in a year's time I will be walking far more fluently, and without a stick'.

Marr added that 'a new title sequence shot now (and it is an expensive, time-consuming business) would be badly out of date by Christmas'.

He also said that he didn't want people to focus on him, but to listen instead to what the guests on his Sunday programme had to say for themselves.

'I don't want people focusing on changes I am going through: I want them to sit and listen to Ed Miliband, or the Prime Minister, or whoever we have on,' he wrote.

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