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Jonathan Farr

I am a disabled person with a hidden disability and also a carer. I gave up a successful career in Local Government as a Public Transport Manager to care for my brother. I have since taken a part time position working for a local charity managing their ‘Mobility Hub’ providing a Shopmobility scheme and offering advice and services for disabled people. I am currently the Disabilities Officer for my local CLP and have been pushing for better accessibility for all including proxy/postal voting for CLP nomination meetings.

I have experienced first-hand the impact of the Tory Government’s “hostile environment” against disabled people and the toxicity it has created. The demeaning PIP and ESA assessments, the underfunding of care and the NHS.

The Disability Discrimination act was introduced in 1995 and the Equalities Act in 2010 and yet in 2020, disabled people are still treated like second class citizens and the Act is flouted. Where I live, the only time the train service is accessible is when it is being replaced by a bus. We need change.

I want to work with Disability Labour, It’s partners and stakeholders to bring about real change for disabled people and their carers.

Jonathan Farr
Statement for Election as Treasurer

I have experience of officer roles on many committees and charities. I was a Parish Councillor for 20 years and a manager in Local Government for 16 years. I currently manage a Mobilty Hub for a local charity. In my role in local government, I was responsible for budgets totaling several million pounds and prided myself in not just forecasting to the nearest £1k as required, but to the penny. I am responsible for all aspects of running the ‘Hub’ including producing the accounts on a weekly basis. I take pride in accuracy and believe that looking after other people’s money requires even more care than ones own. I have a keen eye for detail, especially for figures and spreadsheets and believe this and my financial experience makes me an ideal candidate for the role.

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DL 2020 treasurer election DL election 2020

Matthew Luke

I am standing for election to the committee of Disability Labour because I want to contribute to our ongoing struggle for equality. I believe the work of the group Disability Equality Act Labour (DEAL) has the potential to be transformative to the way the Labour Party treats disabled members internally as well as in the population at large. I was honoured to be able to contribute in a small way to the creation of the DEAL Legal Handbook.

I have served on CLP, Branch and County Local Campaign Forum committees.

I have also been a School Governor, Trade Union Branch Treasurer, and Administrative Officer in a Member of Parliament’s constituency office. I hope to bring this experience to our Executive Committee as we develop our constitution and take our part in a very difficult time for our Party.

I have Sleep Apnoea, ME, and Fibromyalgia. In my experience, “invisible” disabilities like these are outside of the awareness of most organisations. I strongly believe that Disability Labour should be working to improve awareness of all disabilities within the Labour Party, without diminishing the necessary work to overcome fundamental access challenges for members with more “obvious” conditions.

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In my working life, I have trained as an Accounting Technician (ACCA level 4 diploma in Accounting and Business) and have held posts as a Research Finance Officer, Accounts Payable Administrator, and Contracts Officer. I also served a short term as my Trade Union branch Treasurer before having to resign that post as I left the University I was working at.

A great challenge that Disability Labour must work to overcome is raising funds now that membership is free for all Labour Party members with disabilities or caring responsibilities. I believe that our Socialist Society has something unique to offer to the Labour movement and we should be able to secure financial support for our work. However, we will need to be creative in how we approach fundraising, and frugal in our expenditures until we have found our new equilibrium.

I am standing as Disability Labour Treasurer because I know how life-changing organisations can be when they have a solid financial footing, not because money is everything, but because it’s a necessary means to achieve our goals.