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Why are so few disabled candidates standing for parliament? (UK)

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by mermaid, May 25, 2017.

  1. mermaid

    mermaid Senior Member

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    Just noticed this article in the Guardian today (UK) which includes a woman with ME who is standing for Parliament. Makes me feel weak at the knees at the thought. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/24/few-disabled-candidates-parliament-mps

    'Griffiths Clarke has ME, which is exacerbated by commuting from London, where she works as a director of a community law centre. Traditional methods of campaigning – such as door-to-door canvassing – can be exhausting, she says. She is also dyslexic, which means she needs support with the vast written communication for the campaign.'

    'Back in Wales, while the campaign is in full swing the lack of state support is taking its toll on Griffiths Clarke’s health. She recently had a seizure while campaigning but with no medically trained personal assistant to help her, she didn’t feel able to disclose it to anyone afterwards.'
     
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