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 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.
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