Entries by cookiewp

No quarter given

My CLP refuses to let me telephone canvass or pay for a scooter hire. Or meet in an accessible room with a hearing loop. Rona L Topaz

Wheelchairs, toilets and crutches

I had an argument with a branch chair who said a venue was accessible. What he meant was a ramp into the rear room we were using directly from the outside. The fact a wheelchair user couldn’t get to the bar was “ok because someone will go for her”. The fact a wheelchair couldn’t leave the […]


As a CLP women’s officer and a wheelchair-user, I have had excellent support and no access difficulties within our party locally. I did find the conference facilities in Brighton quite challenging after being sent around the houses for everything I tried to attend outside of the main hall. Anonymous

Conference, wheelchairs and Rex

The one time I went to Labour Party Conference, I was made to sit in my wheelchair in the aisle. I had people calling me a fire hazard. I had people climbing on me to get into empty seats. I had told CAC that I needed room for my assistance dog, none was provided. I […]

Wheelchair access

Attending a regional conference, using my wheelchair, there was no access to the room where voting for the regional board was taking place. I was required to fill in my ballot paper in a public corridor, and then the ballot box was brought out to me. There was no privacy or ability to perform a […]

Made to feel useless

During all our campaigns I feel incredibly useless. When I was first elected I did hours of phone banks. Since my anxiety issues I get petrified. I have asked repeatedly to stuff envelopes at home as our CLP office is rather inaccessible. I get no response from the office although they know in the past […]

Door knocking

I attended an Action Day last Saturday and was greeted by our Campaign Coordinator with “oh, are you able to go door knocking?” Me: “No, you know I can’t.“ Campaign Co-ordinator: “Well we’ve got no telephones for you.” This is outrageous, I am not the only mobility impaired member and was made to feel completely […]