DL election 2020 Existing Executive member

Barb Roberts (DEAL member, existing Exec member).

I’m a Socialist, retired SRN, Labour Party member of 9 years and member of Disability Labour since 2016. My CLP is Hackney South & Shoreditch.

I’m consistently active in many campaigns both local and national and have been CLP Disability Officer for over 2 years. With comrades from Hackney North I organised the first ever Hackney disability forum entitled “Disabled – Let Us in!” A successful event of lively participation on our disabled rights, fighting for total access into society, with speakers including the Co-Chair of Disability Labour

As an ordinary Executive Officer of Disability Labour I’d make it my priority for members to be involved in the issues that affect our lives the most.

Primarily a major concern is the severe lack of accessible public transport. From street level to platform-to-train requirements, lack of station lifts, to lack of transport full stop in out of town areas.

Putting guards back on trains, stopping cuts to our bus services!

My aim is to create a network with you, your local area campaigns for accessible transport, liaising with groups like Transport For All.

And pressure the Ministry of Transport. For real change. For The Many!

In Solidarity

Barb Roberts

DL election 2020 Existing Executive member

Nico Pollen (Existing Exec member).

Nico Pollen for DL Exec Committee 

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.

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.

Since joining the DL Exec I have helped represent DL at Labour Party conferences and become a Mental Health First Aider.

I have  also liaised with local Learning Disability groups, and explored the possibility of connecting with Deaf and Hearing impaired communities.

I am very keen to continue working with DL as an Exec member.

DL election 2020 Existing Executive member

Anne Pridmore (existing Exec member).

Having spent over 34 years as a campaigner in the disabilities rights movement, I have accrued a great deal of valuable experience and expertise in a diverse variety of issues that affect disabled people.  As a disabled woman myself, I have lived experience of disability and the obstacles we face


In 1988  I chaired a Disabled Peoples User Led Organisation (DPULO).  In 1991 I chaired the British Council of Disabled People which was a national DPULO from there I went on to Chair the UK Disability Forum for Europe this enabled me to travel all over Europe meeting disabled people and listening to their struggles.

In the 90’s I ran a peer support group for people receiving Direct Payments which led me to develop a web site to support disabled people to employ their own Personal Assistants, Carers or Support Workers we gained charity status in 2009.

I am passionate about independent living and the right to have support to fully access the community.  I am appalled that disabled people are being hit by the austerity cuts and seeing their support being taken away.

I have been a member of the Labour Party for ten years and have served as both the disability officer and chair of my CLP

I want to help to continue the excellent work the current Executive are doing.

DL election 2020 Existing Executive member

Martyn Shrewsbury (Existing Exec member).

My name is Martyn Shrewsbury and I am the Disability officer for Brecon and Radnor CLP. I am also Branch secretary of Ystradgynlais Labour party and an execute member of Disability Labour. I work as a psychotherapist and philosophy tutor and I am registered as partially sighted with the RNIB.

I represent and support people in tribunals with the DWP and in particular I concentrate on enabling those with disability to both empower and explain how they can stand up for their own rights and how to navigate the horror of the DWP in all its terrible forms. My proudest moment this year comes from supporting a suspended member of the Labour party regain full membership. The problem lay not with the member but with the Welsh Labour party who did not understand the perceptions and challenges faced by those with an autistic diagnosis.

I train and explain to party members, councillors and elected representatives how to support those facing the challenges of disability in this Tory Brexit island and how the representatives can challenge their own prejudices and understand the difference between seen and hidden disabilities.

Thank you


DL 2020 chair election DL election 2020 Existing Executive member

Fran Springfield (Existing Co-Chair).

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 and editor for all our DL publications. I’m a UNISON & DPAC member too.

I have both visible and invisible disabilities.

I believe I have the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to continue the work we have started. 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.

I’ve worked with Kathy Bole to ensure we’ve had a DL stall and provided Mental Health First Aid at the last 2 Party conferences and at Women’s Conference 2919.

With other Exec members I have lobbied Party staff and MPs to ensure our voice has been heard and our message understood – Nothing about us without us!

We still need better access, more reasonable adjustments at meetings and conferences. We still need spaces that disabled people and those who are neuro-divergent can use as safe or quiet spaces.

Thank you for the trust you placed in us at the last AGM, please re-elect us to carry on that work.


I’m re-standing for Chair because, with our Exec team, I want carry through the work that we’ve started to ensure there is an active and democratic Disabled Members Party Section

I have over 30 years experience of running organisations, including charities and of chairing meetings.

I believe that it’s important we have continuity of leadership and am delighted that Kathy Bole is standing to be Co-Chair that Dave Townsend is re-standing to be Co-Vice Chair and Simon Lydiard is also standing as Co-Vice Chair and that Lorraine is re-standing as Deputy Secretary.

Over the last 18months we have ensured that DL has been a vocal presence at the NPF Work & Pensions Committee. Our greatest success was getting Stop and Scrap UC Party Policy!

I have been the Policy Lead and worked with other DPOs to look at how Hate Crime legislation can be strengthened to give us parity with other victims. This work is still ongoing.

We’ve had regular productive meetings with John McDonnell, Margaret Greenwood and Marsha de Cordova.

Please support my re-election and that of the current DL team so we can continue to work for you.

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 election 2020

Andrew Weston

My name is Andrew, I have a coordination disability and autism. I am an active member of my local CLP and Unite. I am standing for the Disability Labour Executive Committee.

  • I have lived experience of the challenges many of us face, including discrimination at work (at a previous workplace).
  • I’m an experienced advocate for people with disabilities, including previously as a trustee of the Burgess Autistic Trust, and currently as a trustee of VoiceAbility a national advocacy charity.
  • Whilst working for the British Red Cross I was the founding disability co-chair of its diversity network, which gave me experience of building alliances with other diversity groups (e.g. the BAME network).
  • I have experience of policy and influencing work. I currently lead the policy and insight function of a national youth charity (the Marine Society and Sea Cadets).
  • I have a background in social research, specialising in coproduction, which means I’m aware of the practices that work best to meaningfully engage with a community.

Combined my background gives me the drive to act, the ability to identify the needs and wishes of members, and the experience to help translate this into ideas that can help Disability Labour make a difference.

DL election 2020

Jack Wilfan

I’m Jack Wilfan and have been a member of the Labour for almost 5 years (in March). I’m a passionate labour supporter and have helped in many general, local and regular campaigns. I’m Labour through and through and although have my internal political differences with others, know that we all want a Labour government so will work anyone towards that aim.

I’m on the left of the party and am proud of the policy position we have in many areas but want to campaign and help create a winning platform.

I’m currently running my university radio station in Hull and work at Argos which has involved leadership roles and organising people.

Although politics plays an important part of my life, I do many things outside and hope my vast experience in other areas of life can bring something else to a role on the DL exec. I was born at 27 weeks and experienced some complications from that including dyspraxia which is much misunderstood and dismissed by many able bodied and even some disabled people. Hidden disabilities are a passion as it affects me daily. The pathway to support was long and arduous but I got there eventually.

DL election 2020

Saghir Alam

I have been involved with Labour Party since my school days as teenager. I have also worked towards building a fairer society for all especially people who are most excluded.

I have been Chairman of Action on Disability and Development a International a Development Agency. I was a Member the Statutory Committee of the Equality Human Rights Commission.

I have experience in the public sector leadership and governance both at local and national level. I have served three terms as a Disability Rights Commissioner. I was Lead Commissioner working with public authorities and Local Government Association to ensure inclusive public services.

I have served on Equality 2025 advising Ministers and Senior Government Officials on Public Policy. I was member of Independent Living Scrutiny Group in Whitehall. I served as Observer Member of All Party Group and Parliamentary and Trustee Disability Rights UK. A Member of Youth Citizen Commission.

I was elected in May 2015 and joined the Cabinet as Cabinet Member for Corporate Services and Finance I understand challenges facing disabled people as part of austerity measures at grassroot level.

The above experiences will enable me to make positive contributions to the role as  executive Member.

Thank you

Saghir Alam

DL election 2020

Cari Bishop Jones

Professionally, I was a residential and day social worker in both the United Kingdom and the Netherlands before becoming a counsellor and psychotherapist.  I currently live in South Wales where I am a director of a community interest company that offers wellbeing provisions and I am an active member of the my profession body’s Diversity & Social Responsibility Committee where I co-presented workshops in Conferences and my article “The Politics of Challenges in Capacity” was published in my professional body’s journal which I wrote in response to the governmental policy of austerity, the current benefits system, and the negative impact on people with disabilities.

Both my professional and political interests lie in particular unseen disabilities, power dynamics and access as a level playing field. More recently I found new ways to effect change as Disability Officer of Swansea West CLP (2018) and member of Labour’s Welsh policy forum (2019). I have been an active a member of Swansea Association Independent Living group for over 10 years, and more recently I belong to Swansea Council Disability Liaison Group, Leonard Cheshire’s Swansea Citizen’s Panel where we are campaigning and building relationships with Swansea Council to promote positive change.