Nik Oakley

Do you identify as a disabled person?

Yes

What do you understand by the social model of disability and how is it relevant to the NEC?

What do you understand by the social model of disability and how is it relevant to the NEC?

How do you see your role as the Disabled Rep on the NEC?

Championing the rights of a myriad of disability, ensuring accessibility and inclusivity and ensuring that policy benefit the wider disabled community.

How do you propose to gain the interest and support of those who are not currently personally impacted by disability?

I am a comms professional and will use those skills.

Your constituency is disabled members. What systems will you use to ensure you understand the views of disabled members on agenda items prior to each NEC meeting?

Discussion and debate through various comms channels.

What systems will use to report back to disabled members about what has happened at each NEC meeting?

A variety of comms channels and hopefully access to the membership database of those who have self-idenified.

What skills, abilities, experience and/or qualifications do you have that enable you to campaign and advocate on behalf of disabled people?

First Head of Marketing for Party. Decades of campaigning experience for both the Party and a variety of pressure groups. Experienced media spokesperson.

Do you think that there is institutional disablism in the Labour Party, if so, at what levels and what would you suggest to the NEC?

Wider knowledge of disability – particularly those that are invisible. Positive involvement of those with a disability. Everyone has a role to play in campaigning and we need to ensure that CLPs have a greater awareness,

When and how did you first hear about the DEAL legal handbook?

Last year. Mentioned to me by another member.

Are there any sections of the DEAL legal handbook you don’t agree with and why? Do you have suggestions for improvement?

It’s a really excellent document.

Do you commit to actively working to make the handbook internal Party policy?

Yes

If yes to the previous question, how do you plan to get the NEC to acknowledge the DEAL legal handbook and make it internal policy?

Well argued debate and lobbying.

What do you understand by intersectionality and will it be important to your NEC role?

It can create disadvantage and privilege and it certainly will be important !

Are you committed to making the UNCRPD incorporated into domestic legislation and why?

Until it is, people with disabilities are being discriminated against.

How would you abolish WCA?

With a massive Tory majority it will be a hard task. But I would work with key MPs to get a Parliamentary debate and motion.

What do you think should be the Party’s policy priorities in the areas of social care and social security?

Appropriate benefits and criteria; Appropriate budget; Appropriate policy.

Would you support an independent disability commission?

Yes