Jonathan Bartley and Ben Fletcher, first ever Deafblind parliamentary candidate, launched the Disabity Manifesto in Putney on Monday.
Ben, born profoundly Deaf and partially sighted, who is standing as the Green Party candidate for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields, said:
“Disabled people are desperately under-represented in public life in Britain. At a time of deep disillusionment with politics in the UK, it is really important for the MPs elected in 2017 to reflect the diversity of the people they are meant to represent.
“There are over 11 million disabled people in Britain. That’s one in six..."
Jonathan Bartley, who co-leads the Green Party as a job share so he can support his disabled son Samuel, said:
“The Green Party refuses to accept that the UK, as the fifth largest economy, cannot do better. The Government should focus on removing the real barriers to disabled people finding work, and tackle the widespread prejudice against disabled people rather than fostering it.”
Fourteen percent of the Green Party’s candidates in this election describe themselves as having a disability.
“I have been able to stand for Parliament thanks to the support of the Green Party, who have shown themselves to be an inclusive, diverse and modern political party. I am proud to represent a party that stands up for what really matters. If elected to Parliament by the people of Putney on 8 June, I look forward to doing the same”.
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