This CLP notes:
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Article 29) states that:
State Parties shall guarantee to persons with disabilities political rights and the opportunity to enjoy them on an equal basis with others, and shall undertake:
- a) To ensure that persons with disabilities can effectively and fully participate in political and public life on an equal basis with others, directly or through freely chosen representatives, including the right and opportunity for persons with disabilities to vote and be elected
- b) To promote actively an environment in which persons with disabilities can effectively and fully participate in the conduct of public affairs, without discrimination and on an equal basis with others, and encourage their participation in public affairs, including:
This CLP believes:
The government’s reinstatement of funding for disabled candidates is welcomed but UK Labour must not squander this opportunity to ensure that disabled candidates are supported in candidate selections.
This CLP resolves:
- That the Labour movement needs to develop national and local inclusive volunteer and inclusive campaign strategies and funds to break down and address the moveable non -structural barriers to volunteering and campaigning.
- That the UK Labour Party support the development and implementation of effective and meaningful Disability Equality Training for all within political parties at all levels
- That this motion is circulated to Jenny Formby the General Secretary of the Labour Party.
- That this motion is circulated to the Bexley Local Campaign Forum.