DL 2020 vice chair election DL election 2020 Existing Executive member

Dave Townsend (Existing Co-Vice chair).

Currently I’m co-Vice-Chair of Disability Labour and Disability Officer of Weston-super-Mare Constituency Labour Party.

My partner and I have 4 children, 2 of whom are on the Autistic Spectrum.

I have experience in provision for children with Special Educational Needs.  I have experience of contact with Adult & Children’s Social Services.

I’m medically retired. I was a Civil Servant/Engineer with the Ministry of Defence. I have experience of Dealing with Government, legislation, and project management.

I spent 3 years volunteering with Citizen’s Advice helping people deal with housing, debt, benefits, and other issues.

I’m a School Governor and the Accessibility lead on the Governing Body.

I’ve completed training as a Mental Health First Aider and I’m currently learning British Sign Language.

I am experienced in supporting Youth, Disabled, BAME, and LGBT Communities and have wide experience of the issues of discrimination.

Being disabled, I have gained wide personal experience of Disability Rights, accessibility, inclusivity and equality.

My main achievement this year has been leading the drafting of a new constitution for Disability Labour.

I hope to be re-elected so that I will be able to continue the work already started by the current Disability Labour Executive.

Statement for Election to the Position of Executive Vice Chair 2020


I sincerely wish to continue in the role of Co-Vice Chair / Membership in Disability Labour disability politics and so I am seeking re-election.

By way of my relevant experience, in the Labour Party I was previously Chair and I am currently Disability Officer of Weston-super-Mare Constituency Labour Party; I have also held the following positions LCF Chair, CLP Vice Chair, IT Officer, and Acting CLP Secretary.

As co-Vice Chair I have:

  • Developed the remote electronic internal democracy systems that Disability Labour now uses for communication and balloting of the members of Disability Labour.
  • Maintained the membership Database since February 2019 and dealt with related member’s queries.
  • Acted as admin on our members Facebook Group and Page.
  • Produced and prepared a new comprehensive Constitution for Disability Labour, which I would like to continue working on in consultation with the members of Disability Labour.

If elected, it is my hope that I could help steer Disability Labour to form closer working ties with the Labour Party and perhaps see it become a Members Section of the main party with automatic membership for all disabled Labour Party members.

DL 2020 vice chair election DL election 2020 Existing Executive member

Simon Lydiard (Existing Secretary).

Simon Lydiard – Election Statement for the Executive Committee.

I was elected to the Executive Committee at the last Annual General Meeting, along with a group of like-minded comrades, with a mission to transform Disability Labour. I was appointed Secretary and, along with Lorraine Harding (Deputy Secretary), I have tried to improve the running of the organisation. The previous Committee met only four times a year and published no minutes. We have met most months, conducted our meetings via video conferencing to enable members to observe, and published minutes on our Facebook Page.

I had to take over as Minute Secretary part-way through the Annual General Meeting as the Acting Secretary walked out. But for my work, there would have been no minutes of that meeting. Indeed, all of the previous officers – with the exception of the Treasurer – refused to co-operate with us, or to participate in any kind of handover. We therefore had to re-build the organisation from scratch. That has been a monumental task – not helped by a campaign of harassment by some former members – but I am proud of our achievements.

If re-elected, I will not be seeking re-appointment as Secretary but would wish to be considered for one of the Vice Chair positions.