I’m Fran Springfield a Specialist Nurse in Acquired Disability, therapist and Medico-Legal Expert.
I’m the Disability Officer for Vauxhall CLP, a contributor and editor for all our DL publications. I’m a UNISON & DPAC member too.
I have both visible and invisible disabilities.
I believe I have the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to continue the work we have started. I have run an international charity for transgendered people as well managing care homes and supported living schemes. Everywhere I worked I was able to increase client and resident involvement.
I’ve worked with Kathy Bole to ensure we’ve had a DL stall and provided Mental Health First Aid at the last 2 Party conferences and at Women’s Conference 2919.
With other Exec members I have lobbied Party staff and MPs to ensure our voice has been heard and our message understood – Nothing about us without us!
We still need better access, more reasonable adjustments at meetings and conferences. We still need spaces that disabled people and those who are neuro-divergent can use as safe or quiet spaces.
Thank you for the trust you placed in us at the last AGM, please re-elect us to carry on that work.
STATEMENT FOR CO-CHAIR
I’m re-standing for Chair because, with our Exec team, I want carry through the work that we’ve started to ensure there is an active and democratic Disabled Members Party Section
I have over 30 years experience of running organisations, including charities and of chairing meetings.
I believe that it’s important we have continuity of leadership and am delighted that Kathy Bole is standing to be Co-Chair that Dave Townsend is re-standing to be Co-Vice Chair and Simon Lydiard is also standing as Co-Vice Chair and that Lorraine is re-standing as Deputy Secretary.
Over the last 18months we have ensured that DL has been a vocal presence at the NPF Work & Pensions Committee. Our greatest success was getting Stop and Scrap UC Party Policy!
I have been the Policy Lead and worked with other DPOs to look at how Hate Crime legislation can be strengthened to give us parity with other victims. This work is still ongoing.
We’ve had regular productive meetings with John McDonnell, Margaret Greenwood and Marsha de Cordova.
Please support my re-election and that of the current DL team so we can continue to work for you.