Chris Elmore MP has added his support to the Purple Vote Campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the needs of disabled people and to encourage people living with disabilities to vote and to stand as candidates in elections.
Analysis across Europe has shown that people with disabilities feel less confident in their ability to participate in and influence politics and have a lower propensity to vote, despite being more likely to be registered on the UK’s electoral register.
Among respondents surveyed during the 2017 General Election, 10 per cent said they had a disability, compared with 18 per cent of the population. 5 of the MPs who were elected at that election reported as having some form of disability.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“It’s vital that our politicians better reflect all of the communities we represent.
“This isn’t a tick-box exercise, it’s about ensuring that everyone’s interests and needs are heard. To make this happen, it’s essential that we open up our democracy to ensure everyone has access to our political system and feels able to participate in it.
“That means opening up all levels of government. That’s why I’m proud to be supporting the great work the Purple Vote campaign are doing.”