I have been a member of the Labour Party since 2016, after finding that the world was changing and with the sense of security I felt as a disabled person with Jeremy Corbyn as leader.
I have been involved in politics at some level for most of my adult life, first getting involved in my residents’ association as a foyer resident. The work I did there attracted the attention of my housing association and while there I held a variety of positions.
When I moved into party politics, I was elected to the women’s and fundraising officer at my previous CLP and after moving to Northampton, I was elected as the county chair of Momentum, and finally as Vice chair of members. I am involved in writing guidance for people with disabilities holding public office.
I have fibromyalgia with mobility issues, autism and an auditory procession disorder. In addition to being a disabled person, I am also mum to four children with varying disabilities including autism, EDS, myasthenia, cerebral palsy and Neurofibromatosis.
In addition to having lived experience of being disabled and involved in politics, I have the specialist knowledge of caring for children with special needs.
I’m proud to be standing with the Disability Equality Act Labour candidates.
Watch and listen to Claire reading her candidate statement below.