Vote George

for Labour NEC (Disabled Members' Place)

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Vote George

for Labour NEC (Disabled Members' Place)

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I'm George.

I am an active Labour Party member in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. I’m proud to have been a Councillor in Hillsborough since 2012 and I am Sheffield’s Cabinet member for Health and Social Care. I’ve served in a number of roles across the Labour Party and movement - in local branches and CLP, as a GMB branch officer and as a member of Open Labour’s founding-year committee.

I am also a disabled person, living with hemiplegia. I’ve never seen this as a barrier to my ambitions but has introduced me to amazing people and made me see life in a different light. I’ve worked as a Disability employment engagement worker for Disability Sheffield, a charity where I spent 6 years as a trustee and am still an active member.

On Sheffield Council, I lead on mental health and social care. In this role I’m leading the transformation of Social care in the most difficult times.

Why am I standing?


Throughout my life, I have been an advocate for disabled people. At university, I represented disabled students, reviving a moribund disabled students committee. My first real job was as an employer engagement worker at Disability Sheffield, an inspiring charity, where I worked to dispel employer myths about disabled people. After this, I became a trustee and activist for Disability Sheffield and the difference the organisation continues to make locally is truly important.

Wherever I’ve lived and worked, I’ve always sought to stand up for Disabled people and raise the voice I’ve been lucky enough to have. Our party can and must do more to engage with Disabled members on policy as and as NEC member I would work to ensure that the National Policy Forum represents Disabled members. Currently, there are no equality group places which means that aside from gender balance, we have no reassurance that our policy-making structures are representing Disabled people or indeed other groups.

What do I want to do?

As Disabled people, the Labour party has achieved a lot with and for us. This includes enshrining Disabled people’s protections in the Equality Act.

However, within the party, we still have such a long way to go. With just three members of the current PLP having defined themselves as Disabled we need around ten times more MPs who define as Disabled to be representative of Britain. Disabled people in Britain, no matter whether we are physically disabled or living with a mental health condition must be able to see a party that speaks to our experience. We should recognise that many of our representatives may be Disabled people but they need more support to recognise and talk publicly about their experiences. This for me would be a priority. However, we have to recognise that in order to have the transformation we need, we require firm actions in supporting Disabled people’s involvement from grassroots to Government.

My pledges

I will campaign for:
  • A disabled person on every shortlist at a national and local level 
  • The creation of a  Labour Party access fund - money ringfenced to enable Disabled’s people’s full participation in every part of party activity
  • Truly accessible meetings and decisions - members should be able to participate in meetings, suits them best - in person, online or via a phone call.  
  • Disabled members places on the National Policy Forum
  • High quality training for Disabled Members modelled on the Jo Cox and Bernie Grant programmes

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