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Disability Charity Hosting Local Politician Events: Engaging Voters with a Disability

National disability charity United Response’s Trafford services are hosting two events on 15th April and 22nd April in the local community centre at St Matthew’s Church Hall, Stretford to enable the political candidates and people with disabilities to meet.

The current MP and prospective candidates will be attending the events, with Liberal Democrat Louise Ankers being joined by a member of the council’s polling station staff team attending on 15th April.
Following this, Labour MP Kate Green and Conservative candidate Lisa Cook will attend a further event on 22nd April. Both events are free to all attendees.

Both the events, are being held for the people supported by the charity as well as any other people in the area with a learning disability who would like to attend. It is hoped that the events will offer a chance for the prospective voters with a disability in the Trafford area to ask questions about politics and issues that are important to them.

The events compliment Every Vote Counts, a campaign set up by United Response to open up democracy to the 1.5 million adults with learning disabilities in the UK. The campaign seeks to ensure that politics is made available to all, and a key part of this is urging all political parties to communicate more accessibly.

Alicia Hurn from United Response said:
“We hope that lots of the people in Trafford will come along to these important events and allow their voices to be heard by the people in power. Working as part of Every Vote Counts, we want people with learning disabilities to use their legal rights and take the opportunity to be part of the democratic process.”

Please email alicia.hurn@unitedresponse to let us know numbers attending.

15th April 9.30am-12.30pm, St Matthew’s Church Hall,
22nd April 9.30am-12.30pm, St Matthew’s Church Hall,

St Matthew’s Church Hall, Chapel lane, Stretford, Manchester, M32 9AJ

There will be refreshments available on both events.
Both events are funded by the United Response Small Sparks appeal, launched by the Clothworker’s Foundation, which funds community projects to decrease social isolation and encourage people with disabilities to make connections in their local area.

Learn more about the Every Vote Counts campaign at the www.everyvotecounts.org.uk

Every Vote Counts easy read resources: How politics affects your life, How to get Involved in Politics and How Politics Works will be available to take away from both events.

9th April 2015