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Disabled candidates excluded from running for office

February 18, 2021 7:55 PM

Liberal Democrats in the East of England have called on the Government to reinstate the EnAble Fund for disabled candidates running for public office.

With political campaigning made more difficult because of Covid-19, disabled candidates are unfairly disadvantaged. The current Conservative Government should fulfil the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, which states disabled people have the right to 'participate effectively and fully in political life on an equal basis with others.'

Adam Robertson, Diversity Lead for East of England Liberal Democrats, said:

"Under the EnAble Fund, a deaf candidate could get help with phone canvassing. Now they cannot when it is more than vital under the current campaigning restrictions because of Covid-19. This is not the first time, that the Conservative Government have excluded disabled candidates running for public office. They cancelled the Access to Election Office Fund in 2015.

"We demand that the Conservative Government reinstate the EnAble Fund immediately, so those who are classed as disabled under the Equality Act 2010, have reasonable adjustments to ensure that they have a fair chance as a candidate."