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Disability Labour Executive candidate 2018. Panel Debate 30 August Panel Debate 5 September

Mick O’Neill-Duff

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Mick O’Neill-Duff

I am a dedicated campaigner for all disabled people both inside and outside the Labour Party. Before ill-health forced me to retire (with minor disability) I worked in the care industry for 14 years, working with adults who had mental health, Downs Syndrome, Autism, Asperger, Cerebral Palsy, Moebius and other disabilities.

My record:

  • Co-founder of DPAC-SW,
  • Member and campaigner with many disabled groups on Facebook and in my local community.
  • First Disability Officer for my CLP.
  • Was Disability Officer for Bristol LCF.
  • Branch Secretary.

Member of UNITE, Co-operative Union, Momentum, Disability Labour.

Being retired, I have time to fight for our rights and needs as disabled people, I am not afraid to speak up for us and raise issues we are facing within our communities. I am standing in solidarity with other colleagues from Disability Equality Act Labour

If elected, I will continue the fight for all disabled people and not just the few. For FREE membership of Disability Labour. For your voice to be heard. I will ensure you are not forgotten within our society. I will work with the new Executive Committee ensuring we all work hard for you our Disability Labour Comrades.

I am proud to be part of the DEAL team of candidates and ask that you support the DEAL team for an open and accountable Disability Labour – campaigning for all disabled people.

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Disability Labour Executive candidate 2018. Panel Debate 30 August Panel Debate 5 September

Wayne Blackburn

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Wayne Blackburn

I’m Wayne Blackburn, a Borough Councillor in Pendle and the Disability and Mental Health Champion for Pendle Borough Council.

I am the Vice Chair (Membership) for Pendle CLP, Secretary for Lancashire’s Local Campaign Forum and Chair of Pendle Labour Group. I am also a Unite Community member. I have stood for Borough and County Council elections, as well as being the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate in Pendle in June 2017. I have been a member of the Executive Committee of Disability Labour since September 2014.

I have a number of conditions, both visible and hidden, which affect my daily life.

I am standing to be Co-Chair because I want to see change in Disability Labour. It’s time we change the way Disability Labour works for our members and for the wider Party. We have a duty to be open and transparent and ensure engagement and representation. Disability Labour needs new leadership and an Executive fully committed to its members.

I am proud to be part of the DEAL team of candidates and ask that you support the DEAL team for an open and accountable Disability Labour – campaigning for all disabled people.

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Disability Labour Executive candidate 2018. Panel Debate 30 August Panel Debate 5 September

Kathy Bole

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Kathy Bole

Hi, I’m Kathy Bole, I am a Labour Councillor for Suffolk County Council.

I have about 30 years in the Trade Union movement. I have been co-chair of UNISON’s Eastern Region Disabled Members Committee, a member of UNISON’s National Disabled Members Committee and I also run a charity that provides a voice for disabled people in Suffolk.

I contributed to the DEAL Handbook, belong to Momentum and DPAC. I am passionate about campaigning for the rights of Disabled People and I believe disabled people are uniquely qualified to help design the services that we use.   I also believe we need to challenge antiquated ideas of what it is to live a full and independent life.

We need to change the way disabled people can participate. We need to make use of technology to enable equal access to conferences and meetings. No one should be excluded on the basis of their disability or by economic inequality.

This is an exciting time to ensure the Labour Party becomes more inclusive and better represent the reality of disabled people living in Britain.

Please support the DEAL Team of candidates, for an open and accountable DL – campaigning for all disabled people
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Kathy reads her candidate statement below.

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Disability Labour Executive candidate 2018. Panel Debate 5 September

Nico Pollen

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Nico Pollen

I am a retired mental health worker, psychotherapist and dramatherapist. I have worked with people with learning disabilities ,asylum severs, victims of torture and homeless people.

As a member of the Patient and Public Involvement Forum for for a Mental Health Trust, I have been involved in policy making.

I am currently volunteering with a therapeutic music making project for people with a wide range of disabilities.

I have struggled with depression for most of my adult life, and have recently been affected by hearing loss. I have recent personal experience of the failure of the mental health system to provide crisis care. I care for a partner with disabilities.

Prior to my health work, I was a systems analyst and project leader in Data Processing for a wide range of organisations and I wrote the equal opportunities statement for a charity.

Through my work, and personal experience, I have become painfully aware of the limitations of the health, social care and benefits systems, especially, but not exclusively, for people with mental health issues, learning disabilities, and long term illness or disability.

I am proud to be standing as part of the DEAL team for accountability and change in DL.

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Nico reads her candidate statement below.

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Disability Labour Executive candidate 2018. Panel Debate 30 August Panel Debate 5 September

Dave Townsend

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Dave Townsend

I am an enthusiastic campaigner and want real change in our Party and Communities. Currently I am Chair and Disability Officer of Weston-super-Mare Constituency Labour Party .

I am medically retired, but from my previous employment as a Marine Engineer and as a Health and Safety Officer I bring a wide knowledge of legislation relating to Health and Safety, Project Management, Dealing with Central Government, engaging with people, and navigating. I have good organisational skills, and a wide range of ancillary skills such as computing and information technology.

I have direct experience in provision for children with Special Educational Needs. I have experience of contact with both Adult & Children’s Social Services and Occupational Therapy teams.

One of my children is trans-gender and another is Gender Non-binary, both have disabilities too. Though them I have also become far more knowledgeable about the issues of discrimination and lack of support for the Disabled LGBT community.

Through my own disabilities, my involvement with Disability Labour, Disability Equality Act Labour and other campaigning groups I have gained wider experience of Disability Rights, inclusivity and equality; this has become my main passion in politics.
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Disability Labour Executive candidate 2018. Panel Debate 30 August Panel Debate 5 September

Fran Springfield

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Fran Springfield

I’m Fran Springfield a Specialist Nurse in Acquired Disability, therapist and Medico-Legal Expert.

I’m the Disability Officer for Vauxhall CLP, a contributor to to the DEAL Handbook and a Momentum member. I’m a UNISON & DPAC member too.

I have both visible and invisible disabilities.

I have the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to be an Executive member and Chair of DL. Within my career I have run an international charity for transgendered people as well managing care homes and supported living schemes. Everywhere I worked I was able to increase client and resident involvement.

We need to change the way disabled members are treated at all levels of the Party. We need better access, more reasonable adjustments and improved communication, both online and at meetings and conferences. We need spaces that disabled people and those who are non neuro-typical can use as safe or quiet spaces.

The Democracy Review is a wonderful opportunity for us be at the heart of everything the Party does. I want to enable disabled people in the Party to be part of that change.

Please support the DEAL team of candidates, for an open and accountable DL – campaigning for all disabled people.
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Listen to Fran reading her candidate statement.

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