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I am very concerned that people with a learning disability are not engaged in the political process. There are 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK but less than 10% vote in general elections. This means the views and challenges faced by this group of people are under-represented in politics. I want to make sure this is not the case with my campaign.

I have already have signed up to the Mencap’s ‘Hear my Voice’ initiative where people with a learning difficulty are asking politicians to take into account issues that affect them, such as poor health care, hate crime and social isolation.

I will also be producing Easy-to-Read versions of my leaflets in future which will be available to download on my website.

I must say I am quite disappointed that despite trying to find a way of distributing hard copies of these leaflets through various charities and support groups, it has not been possible due to data protection and other barriers. I feel this is further evidence of the discrimination that people may face in our society. If you have any ideas about how I can distribute these leaflets in hard copy for those who do not have access to the internet then please get in touch.

This initiative has been suggested by local Labour Party members with specialism in this area and I am delighted to support it.

Mencap's response:

Too much information is not accessible for people with a learning disability. Louise is one of the first politicians to make her leaflet in easy read and it shows she cares about people with a learning disability.

Stephen John
Campaigns officer
The North of England


Please download the Easy Read version of Louise Baldock’s latest leaflet. If you would like a paper copy of the leaflet or to volunteer or share your views with Louise please contact her on:

Telephone: 07774 786532

Email: louise@louise-baldock4stocktonsouth.org.uk

Letter: 8 Cribyn Close, Ingleby Barwick, Stockton on Tees, TS17 5EQ


Click here to download leaflet 01.


Image: mencap.org.uk

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