Wednesday, 21 September 2011
To all our supporters:
The Labour party conference starts in Liverpool on Saturday. Labour were the architects of Employment Support Allowance and the ‘not fit for purpose’ Work Capability Assessment which is so stressful and traumatic it was linked to the suicide of claimants whilst Labour were still in power. They are the party of opposition but they are not opposing the Welfare Reform Bill as they should be. Labour seem to have forgotten that the 10 million sick and disabled people plus carers, friends and family in the UK have significant voting power.
It is time for us to remind Labour that they will not get our votes if they do not start to oppose the parts of the Welfare Reform Bill set to return sick people, disabled people and carers to a life of desperation, dependency, despair and charity.
We are asking you to help with a mass email to key members of the Labour party to remind them of our voting power. Please include the following details in your email and send it to Ed Miliband, Margaret Curran (shadow minister for disability) and Liam Byrne (shadow minister for DWP). If you have time please also email it to any Labour MP and particularly any members of the shadow cabinet. We have provided a list of email addresses below.
Please aim to send your email at 11am tomorrow (Thursday the 22nd September) If you can’t send the email at 11am, don’t worry, just please try to send it at any time between then and the end of Labour party conference on Wednesday 29th September.
The email subject should read: Your Silence Is Deafening
We suggest embedding a link to this youtube video “The Sound of Silence” To embed the video into your email just copy and paste the link below.
Then please copy the following text into your email:
Dear (insert name here)
10 million disabled people in this country plus their carers, relatives and friends are watching what your party do in relation to disability issues and wondering why you seem disinterested in trying to get our votes by opposing the savage attacks against disabled people being made by the Coalition Government. During conference season we wish to remind you, the architects of Employment Support Allowance, to 'never fall ill, never grow old, never become disabled', for if you do not even Labour will speak up for you.
I support the ACT NOW (Autism Campaigners Together) campaign for autism advocates to be offered at the first point of contact by the DWP and also for compulsory autism training for ATOS healthcare professionals. Adults with autism are at a disadvantage right from the beginning of the assessment processes, which Labour introduced.
(If you would like to add a short, personal message explaining to Labour how you feel about their lack of support for sick, disabled people and carers then please include it after the suggested text. You might also like to include a photo of yourself, or perhaps a photo of what disability, sickness or caring means to you. Don’t worry if you don’t want to personalise the email, sending the suggested text is fine)
(Insert your name)
Please send your email to:
Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party
Shadow Secretary of State for Work & Pensions
Shadow Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities
Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP
Shadow Chief Secretary
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills
Cabinet Office and Minister for the Olympics
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Election Coordinator
Shadow Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
Shadow Secretary of State for Health
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
Steven Timms MPbuckk@parliament.uk
Posted by Act Now For Autism at 8:30 p.m.