Marking the Political Parties

LDA England’s Citizen Jury met on 2nd April in London.

Watch this film of the day:

View the slides:

Read, download or print the full results from the pdf here.



With many thanks to the Panel for all their hard work on the day.
On 2nd April LDA England measured how well each political party will stick up for the rights of people with learning disabilities.

We wrote to all 5 main political parties in England and all parties sent along appropriate representatives – all except one, The Conservative Party. The Conservatives ignored both the formal invitation and numerous requests to respond by both phone and email.

Below is the letter we sent to the Prime Minister:

Dear Prime Minister

Re: Citizen Jury 2nd April 2015

Learning Disability Alliance England (LDA) is a membership organisation lobbying all political parties on behalf of the one million people with learning disabilities in England. LDA represents over 500 different charities and organisations directly, or through the two main umbrella groups for people with learning disabilities: the Association for Real Change (ARC) and the Housing & Support Alliance (H&SA).

Before the UK General Election, LDA is raising awareness of the millions of people who can vote - but who often don't: people with learning disabilities, their families, their friends, care workers and other supporters.

At LDA's parliamentary launch on February 24th we announced the results of our 'Quality Checking Government' survey. 2,000 people completed the survey, more than 75% being disabled people or family members. Further details of the survey and the LDA Manifesto can found in the LDA newspaper enclosed.

The LDA don't just want to encourage people to vote, they want people to vote wisely - based on which political parties are most likely to stand up for their rights.

For this reason we are writing to you, as the leader of one of the 5 main political parties in England, to invite you to send a suitable representative to speak at the LDA's Citizen Jury event on the 2nd April 2015, at the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities (Colechurch House, 1 London Bridge Walk). The Jury will be made up of a panel of 7 people with learning disabilities and 5 family members. Each representative will have 15 minutes to make a presentation to the panel explaining why they should vote for their party and then 15 minutes for questions. At the end of each presentation the panel will vote and the results of the Citizen Jury will be announced at the end of the day, and shared with the LDA membership.

We already have confirmed representation from the Labour and Green parties and very much hope that you will send a representative to join them at this event.

For more information about the event and to confirm your attendance and book your slot, please contact Sarah Maguire or call 020 7261 4103 or 07810 378 346.

Yours sincerely

Professor the Baroness Hollins

Gary Bourlet, People First England

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