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Introduction

Welcome ro "Labourbility" the internet arm of the Labour Party Disabled members Group. First this is our Mission Statement:

"Working within the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe to promote the understanding of disability as an equality issue" -

This site is in 8 sections:

The first 2 give biographical details on Joe Mann and Richard Hewitt [click on their links]

The next 6 give background info on the Labour Party Disabled Members Group as follows, click on each link

1. explains our aims within Labour
2. explains our wider aims in Society
3. gives a brief history of our Group
4. list of executive officers
5. different ways you can help us
6. provides a series of useful links
 
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Joe Mann MBE

Joe, Secretary of the LPDMG says he was disabled by polio in 1956 and by a Tory Government in 1979!

Joe is National Secretary of the National League of the Blind and Disabled [NLBD]. A trade union for exclusively for disabled people established in 1899, and now a section of the ISTC Community Union, a very strong supporter of LPGMG.

Joe was previously a Labour Parliamentary candidate, and a City Councillor, he was also a member of the governments' Disability Rights Task Force which made recommendations on the establishment of the Disability Rights Commission, and also recommendations with respect to achieving the full and enforceable civil rights legislation that was the Labour Governments' 1997 Manifesto Commitment

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Richard Howitt MEP

Richard Howitt, Member of the European Parliament for East of England, is the President of the All-Party Disability Intergroup at the European Parliament and Labour's European Disability Rights spokesperson. He has campaigned on disability issues for many years and previously worked in community care for people with disabilities and was Leader of Harlow Council.

At the Parliament he has been involved in gaining recognition for sign language at the European level, campaigning for better access to the European Parliament for disabled people and the inclusion of the anti-discrimination clause in the European Treaty of Amsterdam. He is a member of the European Parliament's Employment and Social Affairs Committee. Visit Richard's own site

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Aims within the party

  • to co-ordinate the voice of all Disabled people within Labour.

  • to build links between the Labour Party and the Disabled People's movement.

  • to lobby and advise Labour to achieve full and comprehensive Civil Rights for Disabled People.

  • to work with Labour to ensure its services and meetings are fully accessible

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Aims within society

  • to identify and break down disabling barriers.

  • too secure a guaranteed income scheme for Disabled people founded on agreed principles

  • to lobby and advise Government to achieve full and comprehensive Civil Rights for Disabled People.

  • to become a centre of excellence on disability equality issues.

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History of the Group

A successful fringe meeting in Brighton 1995 lead to an inaugural AGM in June1996. The next Blackpool Conference saw the placing forward of a resolution, exposing the inadequacies of the Disability Discrimination Act which was adopted by 22 constituencies. At the Blackpool Conference 1998 a member, using "point of order, made the conference, and the party, aware of the lack of format for those members who were blind. Equipment to produce Braille versions of party documents soon followed, along with the service to members of party publications in Braille. LPDMG has been involved with the continued progression of access issues, which allows for full inclusion of those with a disability at Conference. Union affiliations bring welcome assistance for which we are grateful

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List of Executive Officers

Janet Seymour Kirk -Co Chair
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Ways to help us

You can help us by joining the Labour Party Disabled Members Group. If you regard yourself as a disabled person you may join as an individual member. If you are not disabled you may join as an individual supporter.

If you represent a CLP or a Trade Union branch or a Coop or any Socialist Society we welcome your affiliation.

Please email info@Labourbility.com for details

If you do not wish to join you can still help by simply sending us an email with your name. We will then include you on our mailing list.

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Useful Links

  • The Disability Rights Commission

  • British Computer Society [Disability Group]

  • AbilityNet

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