I've just returned from a local meeting with Ed Miliband and 3 other members of the Shadow Cabinet, including the Shadow Home Secretary and Harriet Harman. I put a question to Mr. Miliband and got a very encouraging answer - and a promise. He will engage in dialogue with Disability Rights UK - the newly-formed umbrella organisation which will campaign on behalf of people with 'disabilities'/'impairments' (sorry to use those negative words). He will look at stigma, bullying over benefits on the part of the DWP, how our abilities are going to waste, why we're not put to better use by society for the good of all, and - he added this himself, and it gave me hope - the false division between mental health and physical health. ITV and the national papers were there, along with over 100 members of the public, at the Hub, Hazelwell, Birmingham... If anybody here would like to email Mr. Miliband and offer to meet him on behalf of a disability group or organisation, please do not hesitate!!! Mr. Miliband has promised to change the face of politics - he says it hurts him when people say 'Politicians are all the same' and wants to prove he's different. Let's hold him to it!
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