Over the weekend, Inclusion Scotland attended the Scottish Labour Party’s 2017 Spring Conference, to talk to politicians and party members on our work on the Access to Elected Office Fund and discuss how to make party activities more accessible for disabled people.
On Saturday, we held our fringe event, where Civic Participation Officer Ethan Young gave a presentation covering Inclusion Scotland and the Access to Elected Office Fund, the role of Equality Law for political parties, and how parties can run accessible meetings and events. There was then a lively discussion covering how CLPs can reach out to their disabled members and make meetings and events more accessible, how to make the party more accessible for members with invisible impairments, and how the make the party more accessible for members who may not identify as being disabled. We were also asked if we had any resources or support available on how political parties can be more accessible – we are currently working to develop materials covering these areas.
On Sunday, we met Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale as well as UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Dugdale pledged her support for the Access to Elected Office Fund and was delighted to hear about the progress we’ve been making. Corbyn said he remembered meeting with Sally and Phyl from Inclusion Scotland last year, was enthusiastic about our work and proactive in asking if we can support the Labour Party in becoming more inclusive and accessible for disabled people – with the aim of disabled people being more represented in politics.
Next up, we’ll be at Scottish Conservative Party Conference on 3rd and 4th March.
See below for more photos from the weekend: