On Monday 30th of April, three candidates from three different parties came together to deliver a 10,000-strong petition to the new Home Secretary, Sajiv Javid, at Number 10 Downing Street.
David Buxton of the Lib Dems, Emily Brothers of Labour and Simeon Hart of the Green Party may be from different parties, and disagree on a lot of things, but on the issue of the Access to Elected Office Fund they stand united: it needs to be restored.
This fund existed to help deaf and disabled candidates of any party, at any level, with the extra costs of standing for election. In 2015 the government froze that fund for 'review', and since then there has been no word on whether it would be reopened.
That is, until now.
More United has been campaigning for the fund to be restored, with David, Emily and Simeon leading a legal challenge to demand that the government makes a decision.
This is what's been achieved as a result of the campaign so far
- Nearly 10,000 supporters have signed More United’s petition
- Three disabled MPs from Labour, the Lib Dems and the Conservatives have co-written a letter to the Home Office, and Caroline Lucas from the Green Party has continued to campaign on the issue in Parliament
- 19 of the UK’s most prominent deaf and disabled people gave you their backing with a letter in The Sunday Times
- Media coverage in the Guardian, Disability News Service, BBC and more
As a result of this campaign, the government has agreed to deliver its decision on the future of the Fund by 11th of May.
More United is now urging MPs to take action inside Parliament to ensure that the Home Secretary makes the right decision and restores the Fund to its full capacity.