The three ‘big’ political parties don’t care about disabled people

If you’re disabled and living in London, the recent disability hustings had just one big message for you: the three ‘big’ political parties don’t care one jot about you.

Here’s the ever-excellent Disability News Service:

Just one of the four candidates invited, Zoë Garbett, for the Green Party, turned up to answer questions at the sold-out event (pictured), with more than 100 people attending, and about another 100 watching or listening online.

Conservative candidate Susan Hall, Labour’s Sadiq Khan – the current mayor – and Liberal Democrat Rob Blackie all sent spokespeople to replace them rather than turning up themselves to face questions from disabled people.

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Inclusion London, which organised the event, has now launched a #NoMoreNoShows campaign to ensure that candidates for the upcoming general election attend disability hustings, rather than sending replacements.

What conclusion can we draw from this? Here’s disabled activist Jamie McCormack:

“The supposed Big Three talk about inclusion and the importance of each voter, but when the candidates get an oh-too-rare chance to hear from Deaf and disabled Londoners they show their contempt by sending stand-ins.”

That’s right.

The Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats don’t want to hear the concerns – or, indeed, grievances – of disabled people. They don’t care about disabled people.

And if they don’t want to hear from the disabled, they won’t want to act for them.

In fact, they’d probably prefer it if disabled people didn’t have a vote – or couldn’t vote (see the image accompanying this article).

The Green Party sent a representative. That should put it streets ahead for the other London Mayoral candidates among disabled voters. And disabled people nationally should draw their own conclusions ahead of the general election.

Source: Trio of mayoral candidates show ‘contempt’ by snubbing disability hustings – Disability News Service

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