Do they care?

Original post from Learning Disability Alliance England

‘………….This is an Open Letter, written on behalf of Learning Disability Alliance England, and signed by just a few of the leading self-advocates, families and advocacy organisations who are part of LDA England. Please share this letter with journalists, the media or by using social media.


27th March 2015

We are writing to express our disappointment and dismay at the failure of the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats to represent themselves at LDA England’s Citizen Jury event on 2nd April.

LDA England is the representative body for people with learning disabilities. It unites the representative bodies for people with learning disabilities, families and over 500 different charities, advocacy bodies and community organisations – the very organisations Government consults on policy. It speaks on behalf of millions of people and voters.

On 10th March 2015 Professor the Baroness Hollins and Gary Bourlet of People First England wrote on our behalf to the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and the leaders of the other main political parties in England.

The Labour Party, the Green Party and UKIP immediately found suitable representatives; for example the Labour Party representative is Kate Green MP, their disability spokesperson. However, as yet, we have still had no adequate response from the Conservative Party or the Liberal Democrats.

Both the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats claim that they supportMencap’s Hear My Voice campaign – and that they take seriously the rights of people with learning disabilities.

However, their actions in this instance speak louder than words. In ignoring LDA England’s request it would seem both parties are unwilling to engage with the voices and votes of millions of people, families and professionals.


Vicki Raphael, National Valuing Families Forum

Kerry Martin, National Forum for People with Learning Disabilities.

Jayne Leeson, Changing Our Lives

Katie Clarke, Bringing Us Together

Oi Mei Li, National Family Carer Network

Cathy Wintersgill, Connect in the North

Rosemary Trustam, Community Living

Mark O’Farrell, Preston Learning Disability Forum

Steven Rose, Choice Support

Lucy Hurst Brown, Brandon Trust

Jo Clare, Three C’s Support

Sally Warren, Paradigm

Alicia Wood, Housing and Support Alliance

Simon Cramp

Steve Maguire

Dave Barker

Simon Duffy, The Centre for Welfare Reform

Pathways Associates

Sarah Maguire, Choice Support

Kim Foo, Heritage Care

Aldingbourne Trust

Campaign for a Fair Society

Don’t cut us out West Sussex………’

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