|On Thursday 7th May 2015 there is a general election across the whole of the UK. Election season can feel quite overwhelming as there are many manifestos, debates, hustings and media speculation about parties and candidates. This week’s newsletter is an ‘election special’ and has been created to help you know where to find information about who to vote for, and to see what Deaf Direct has been doing in preparation for Election Day.|
How do I know who to vote for?
As the manifestos were released, it didn’t look like any of the main parties would be including BSL translated versions – a number of translations were created by various companies working with Deaf people. Deaf London has created one particularly useful summary on all the main parties; they have also made further videos on various manifesto themes. Over time, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party have released their manifestos in BSL; it is good to see that they are prioritising the accessibility of their policies. Here are the official videos:
If you would like to know what each party believes and the key differences between them, MENCAP has created a wonderful resource. Easy read manifestos have been produced by the main political parties to help you decide who to vote for.
|Over the past 6 weeks, the Deaf Direct Worcester coffee mornings have been visited by the local prospective MPs. Through the use of BSL interpreters, Labour’s Joy Squires, Conservative’s Robin Walker and UKIP’s James Goad answered 9 set questions by our very own Gordon Hay (Community Manager) and John Purser (Trustee). Their answers were then collated into a table making it easy to compare them. After the set questions, the floor was opened to our coffee morning members for open questions. We had the opportunity to hear how much each party knows about deaf issues and how they would support the deaf people in Worcestershire.
Deaf Direct enjoyed having Joy, Robin and James come to visit and discuss deaf issues particularly relating to the situation currently in Worcester. It seems as though they enjoyed visiting us and engaging with the members of the community who attended these coffee mornings. Both Joy and Robin wrote messages on their Twitter accounts about us!
We hope you have found this information useful and now you feel ready to make an educated decision about who to vote for. Don’t forget to vote!