Currently I’m co-Vice-Chair of Disability Labour and Disability Officer of Weston-super-Mare Constituency Labour Party.
My partner and I have 4 children, 2 of whom are on the Autistic Spectrum.
I have experience in provision for children with Special Educational Needs. I have experience of contact with Adult & Children’s Social Services.
I’m medically retired. I was a Civil Servant/Engineer with the Ministry of Defence. I have experience of Dealing with Government, legislation, and project management.
I spent 3 years volunteering with Citizen’s Advice helping people deal with housing, debt, benefits, and other issues.
I’m a School Governor and the Accessibility lead on the Governing Body.
I’ve completed training as a Mental Health First Aider and I’m currently learning British Sign Language.
I am experienced in supporting Youth, Disabled, BAME, and LGBT Communities and have wide experience of the issues of discrimination.
Being disabled, I have gained wide personal experience of Disability Rights, accessibility, inclusivity and equality.
My main achievement this year has been leading the drafting of a new constitution for Disability Labour.
I hope to be re-elected so that I will be able to continue the work already started by the current Disability Labour Executive.
Statement for Election to the Position of Executive Vice Chair 2020
I sincerely wish to continue in the role of Co-Vice Chair / Membership in Disability Labour disability politics and so I am seeking re-election.
By way of my relevant experience, in the Labour Party I was previously Chair and I am currently Disability Officer of Weston-super-Mare Constituency Labour Party; I have also held the following positions LCF Chair, CLP Vice Chair, IT Officer, and Acting CLP Secretary.
As co-Vice Chair I have:
- Developed the remote electronic internal democracy systems that Disability Labour now uses for communication and balloting of the members of Disability Labour.
- Maintained the membership Database since February 2019 and dealt with related member’s queries.
- Acted as admin on our members Facebook Group and Page.
- Produced and prepared a new comprehensive Constitution for Disability Labour, which I would like to continue working on in consultation with the members of Disability Labour.
If elected, it is my hope that I could help steer Disability Labour to form closer working ties with the Labour Party and perhaps see it become a Members Section of the main party with automatic membership for all disabled Labour Party members.