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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

STATEMENT FOR CO-CHAIR

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.

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DL 2020 chair election DL election 2020 Existing Executive member

Kathy Bole (Existing Co-Vice chair and Acting treasurer).

I’m running for re-election to the executive of Disability Labour. I want to continue the work which we as the executive have started. Some of my accomplishments are:

  • Creating and setting up the Disability Hub to provide access to Labour conferences.
  • *I worked on rescuing our Website when it was taken out of our control
  • *Found another designer to come up with another Logo owned by Disability Labour.
  • *I trained as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor at my own expense.
  • *I trained other executive members to provide Mental Health support at Labour Party Conference at no expense to DL.
  • *I provided access audits amongst other members of the DL Executive to the Labour Party Evens team.
  • *I met with shadow cabinet members to show Support of the NILS strategy by ROFA and a holistic holistic assessment.
  • *I organised getting stuff for Disabilty Labour to sell as an alternative funding stream since we stopped charging membership fees for disabled people.
  • *I functioned as Treasurer on the request of the officers due to the resignation of the past Treasurer.

I would like to serve you once again as part of the executive.

Statement for election to one of the Co-Chair
positions
Kathy Bole:
I am asking to be considered for the role of Co-chair of Disability Labour.
My qualifications:
Co-vicechair of Disability Labour.
Chair of Suffolk Coalition of Disabled People.
Chair of Unison’s Eastern region disabled members committee.
Chair of the Joint Consultative Committee at Ipswich Borough Council.
Secretary of Suffolk County Labour Group
Labour County Councillor for Suffolk County Council
Spokesperson on Disabilities for Suffolk Labour group
I want Disability Labour to be involved as the experts by experience to
advise the Labour Party on all policies having an effect on members with
a disability. We need to make sure the Labour Party fulfils their
obligations under the Equality Act 2010. We need to push to have all
regions, CLPs and branches educated on disability. We need to make
sure Disabled people can participate at all levels of our party.
We need to develop a training programme on disability and make it an
obligation on all structures within the LP. I will work with others to
develop this training programme and bring it to the party to educate
those who run the party structures.
I hope you will elect me as one of your co-chairs.

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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

Martyn

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DL election 2020 Existing Executive member

Mo Peberdy (Existing Exec member).

Hi! my name is Mo Peberdy, I am a disabled mum of 4 lovely children, I have worked alongside the current Executive for the last year as a co-opted member. I would like to be considered for the post as Executive Officer of Disability Labour.

I live in a large City with 3 constituencies. This has been an ideal setting to investigate ways Disability Officers can work together to support each other, empowering them to input into ways disabled people can influence and raise awareness of the difficulties faced. I have instigated some digital democracy and have been successful in applying for a grant from the Labour Party to enhance inclusion. I am currently buying more equipment to ensure my Constituency is as inclusive as possible.

I am very lucky. My own Constituency is very progressive and supportive. I am aware that most do not have such luxury. Many Disability Officers struggle with bureaucracy withing their own CLP, particularly surrounding accessibility. I believe we all need to work together to stamp out such discrimination and to raise awareness of the problems we face. I think the Labour Party, Disability Labour and its members gives us an excellent platform on which to be heard and I would very much like to be part of that.

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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.

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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.