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.
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.