Emily Howlett: All the election information in one place for Deaf voters

Posted on April 30, 2015

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In just over a week, on 7th May 2015, the United Kingdom of Great Britain will hold their General Election. By placing our votes, we will help elect our local Member of Parliament (MP).

A short video explaining the election process can be found here: (click on ‘Settings’ to open captions/subtitles).

Below are easy links to all the party Manifestos, which say what they would do if they win power.

Some of the parties (but not all) have a disability manifesto/declaration which shows what they say they will do for deaf and disabled people, these are included below where they exist. (For more, Disability Rights UK also have this page summarising each party’s policies on disability)

There are links to BSL versions where the parties have provided one (you can also visit Deaf London to see BSL translations of all the Manifestos by clicking here).

Party Manifestos 

Conservatives:

Manifesto (no BSL translation)

Labour:

Manifesto (click here for the BSL translation)

Disability Plan (click here for it in BSL)

Liberal Democrats:

Manifesto (click here for the BSL translation)

Manifesto for Disabled People (click here for it in BSL)

Green Party of England and Wales:

Manifesto (click here for the BSL translation)

Scottish National Party:

Manifesto (click here for the BSL translation)

Plaid Cymru:

Manifesto (no BSL translation but there is an easy read version here)

UK independence Party:

Manifesto (no BSL translation)

Further Information

SeeHear Election Special: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05q1072

You may also like to watch related discussions taking place at the British Deaf Association (BDA) 2015 General Election Question Time by clicking here.

If you are undecided, or want to know more about how your party’s candidate would support Deaf people’s issues, many can now be contacted by email – here’s a website that helps with this.

But you may not receive a response quickly with only a few days until the election. So another way is to contact your local parties (look them up online) and find out how you can meet local party candidates or representatives.

The NDCS Election campaign site has example questions that you might want to consider, to find out how the Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPC) will (or will not) be supporting our community. Click here to visit it.

Emily Howlett is a Contributing Editor to this site. She is a profoundly Deaf actress, writer and teacher. Emily is co-director of PAD Productions and makes an awful lot of tea. And mess. She now has not one, but four grey eyebrow hairs. C’est la vie. She tweets as @ehowlett

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