Crippen asks Keir Starmer to stand up and be counted

Keir Starmer will need to address a series of pledges that he made to disabled people during his successful campaign to replace Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader.

During his leadership campaign Keir Starmer called for “radical action” on social care with the introduction of free social care and a legal right to independent living.

He also backed a motion that was passed at last autumn’s party conference that called for a new National Independent Living Support Service for England that would provide a universal right to independent living that was “enshrined in law”.

He has also backed calls for an independent inquiry into deaths linked to the actions of the Department for Work and Pensions, describing those deaths as “deeply disturbing” and calling for justice for the families of those affected. He also promised an over-haul of the “deeply flawed” Universal credit system.

In an interview with the Disability News Service he also said that he would push as prime minister for the government to “fully resource” the Equality and Human Rights Commission, to ensure it can “more effectively enforce” the Equality Act and stop discrimination against disabled people.

He also backed the idea of incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into UK law and pledged that addressing the poor provision of accessible housing “must be a priority for any future Labour government”.

Come on then Keir, this is the chance you’ve got to show that you can be the instrument for change and also win the support of the thousands of disabled people who are currently being cruelly treated by this Tory government.

You never know, you may even get some of us to re-join the Labour Party!

Description of cartoon for those using screen reading software

A large group of disabled people, representing a cross section of impairment and ethnicity are gathered together. They are holding banners which spell out promises made by the new Labour leader Keir Starmer. They read free social care, a national centre for independent living, and a public enquiry into the deaths of disabled benefits claimants. Opposite them stands Keir Starmer and another Labour party member. Starmer is saying: “Surely they realise that I can’t do much in opposition”. His colleague is saying: “But you can offer the support that disabled people are looking for!”

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by A6er on 05/06/2020 at 15:11

    Reblogged this on Tory Britain!.


  2. […] may remember a blog I did about Keir Starmer’s election campaign and his promise to make fundamental reforms, including a right to independent living enshrined in […]


  3. […] may remember a blog I did about Keir Starmer’s election campaign and his promise to make fundamental reforms, including a right to independent […]


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