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Disability blights the lives of 9 million...

December 12, 2020 9:10 AM
By Chris Burton-Johnson

Disability blights the lives of 9 million people in the UK - but it is not an easy subject for politicians....

  • From personal experience I know that people and families who aren't affected by disability don't really want to hear about it…

I have great empathy for Sir Ed Davey (Leader of the Liberal Democrats), who's life has focussed on caring for his family - because Heather, (my first wife) and Ros (my second) both died at an early age as a result of degenerative spinal conditions. Clare (who I married in 2018) has debilitating spinal pain challenges as a result of caring for Hannah (her proufoundly disabled daughter) …

What I have realised, is that when friends have asked "How's Clare/Heather/Ros?", what they really want to hear is "She's fine, thanks!"

I worry that one of Ed Davey's greatest challenges is in engaging Liberal Democrats (never mind the wider public) in his wonderful disability/carer's agenda…

If you are affected by disability - personally or as a carer - I'd be delighted to hear from you, with a view to highlighting this topic within our group…

Chris Burton-Johnson