At last year’s Labour Conference, although the Party aims to exist 'for the many', there was no mention at all of adults with learning disabilities and the way austerity has affected their lives in every way.
I resolved to change that – by making people with learning disabilities visible at the 2019 Labour Conference – as individuals with personalities who have hopes and dreams just as we all do.
In April, Wimbledon Labour Party held a marvellous community event with Marsha de Cordova, the shadow minister for disability, where the audience of mostly people with learning disabilities displayed their joy that someone was willing to listen to them directly.
We need to find more ways to get these voices heard. Consequently, Wimbledon Labour Party has commissioned a play devised by learning disabled actors from the Baked Bean Company on the theme of austerity. We wish to take them to the Brighton Conference this September. There will also be a panel discussion to begin the task of making Party policies that are specific to the needs of people with learning disabilities.
Wimbledon Labour Party met the cost of the April event, but we need to raise money to get 12 actors with learning disabilities and their helpers to Brighton and to meet the costs of putting on their play and the panel discussion. We need to raise £3,500. Please help me to ensure that Labour Party politicians at Conference hear the voices of ‘a few’ of the many.