Disabled People Against Cuts

That was the week that was

What an eventful week.

To begin with, I must assure you – and anyone reading from Wrexham Council or the Welsh Government – that there has been the usual hours of struggle without care or support that has left me frustrated without being able to communicate while spending hours sitting in discomfort.  The fact that I have achieved so much is because I have a great team of support workers who have helped me excel DESPITE the shortage of social care hours of support that I receive.

On Sunday evening (July 16th) I went to see comedian/activist Mark Thomas at the Llangollen Fringe Festival.  After his enjoyable set, I was lucky enough to meet him and ask for his advice and support for my petition. He kindly agreed to Retweet information about my petition and within an hour I received an extra 22 signatories.  I have currently received 174 online signatures and have a healthy paper petition that is growing as we speak.

Thanks to Mark (pictured above) for his support and I look forward to seeing him in the not too distant future as I am interested in attending a gig of his on October 4 at theWaterside Arts Centre in Sale, Greater Manchester.

After a couple of humdrum days I then travelled to London on Wednesday  (July 19th) to take part in a Disabled People Against Cuts protest in the Houses of Parliament.  We managed to occupy the central lobby in the Houses of Parliament, which is used as the MPs entrance to the House of Commons.

The event was a huge success and received a great deal of media coverage as can be seen by following the links below:

http://news.sky.com/story/protesters-in-wheelchairs-block-mps-entrance-to-the-commons-10953908

People in wheelchairs block MPs’ entrance to House of Commons to protest against cuts

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/demonstrators-house-commons-pmqs-disability-cuts-protest-wheelchairs-parliament-entrance-block-a7848876.html

https://dpac.uk.net/2017/07/week-action-dpac-occupies-parliament-lobby-area-protest-cuts-social-care-funding/ 

https://www.thecanary.co/2017/07/19/corbyn-mays-final-pmqs-summer-nearly-shut-today-wont-see-bbc-video/

It was a great day and I really enjoyed taking on the establishment and making my voice heard. I also met up with my MP for Wrexham, Ian Lucas who has arranged a home visit with me next week.

Nathan Lee Davies and his Personal Assistant Tia Louise Wills.

 

It was also a special day for one of DPAC’s lead activists as Paula Peters celebrated her birthday. This was a chance for me to chat and mingle with some of the magnificent DPAC members who had travelled far and wide for the protest. There was also a surprise guest as John McDonnell turned up to give his best wishes to the remarkable Ms Peters. How many other politicians would give up their spare time to attend a birthday celebration for one of their supporters? Not many.

 

Vice Chancellor John McDonnell meets Nathan Lee Davies.

 

On Friday morning (July 21st) I was also chuffed to see that I was featured in the Wrexham Leader. I have been speaking to a journalist from the newspaper all week – in fact Mark Thomas actually suggested to the scribe that he should cover my story.  I was pleased with the finished article that can be seen below:

I think that I now deserve a break, but this is something I just cannot do. I will be a long time dead and there will be plenty of time to rest then. In the meantime, there is a fight to be won…

Protect WILG Campaign

I have now achieved over 60 signatures for my petition, which means the closure of the Welsh Independent Living Grant (WILG) will be discussed at the Welsh Assembly when it reconvenes in September.

I am not just going to let the petition stagnate over the summer period though as the more signatures we can get, the more pressure the Welsh Government will be under to examine how they have handled this closure. I will therefore keep spreading my petition online and through social media with the help of my friends from Disabled People Against Cuts, who are also helping me to create a series of memes that I will share as soon as they are available.

A paper version of the petition will also be available next week which I will be carrying round with me everywhere I go.

I am also going to London soon to take part in a DPAC protest at the Houses of Parliament.

A year ago, I remember that a friend of mine on Facebook launched a petition about the closure of football fields in the local area and received something like 15,000 signatures and rightly so. However, it is soul destroying that I struggle to get half as much support despite this being a more serious issue that will destroy thousands of lives.

Anyway, enough of my moaning. Please sign this petition before you carry on enjoying what is left of the weekend.

https://www.assembly.wales/en/gethome/e-petitions/Pages/petitiondetail.aspx?PetitionID=1216

Thanks for your support.

 

DPAC Video: Jenny Hurst’s Story #TrashTheTories

Everyone connected with Disabled People Against Cuts has been working hard on social media to promote the #TrashTheTories campaign. I have been tweeting as if my life depended on it  – it sort of does – and now we are sharing these videos in an attempt to illustrate why a vote for the ‘nasty party’ should not even be a consideration.

These videos are excellently produced and highlight why we need #GE17 to produce a total change of Government that will work for the many, not the few.

Do you really think the Conservatives are strong and stable leaders? Watch Jenny’s story to hear how Tory policies are forcing disabled people onto benefits rather than getting us back into the workplace. Strong and stable or weak and wobbly? #GE2017

DPAC Video: Jenny’s Story #TrashTheTories

Everyone connected with Disabled People Against Cuts has been working hard on social media to promote the #TrashTheTories campaign. I have been tweeting as if my life depended on it  – it sort of does – and now we are sharing these videos in an attempt to illustrate why a vote for the ‘nasty party’ should not even be a consideration.

These videos are excellently produced and highlight why we need #GE17 to produce a total change of Government that will work for the many, not the few.

Think austerity is all about saving money and balancing the books? Watch Jenny’s story to find out how Tory policies are damaging the economy as well as the prospects of many talented disabled people. #GE2017

DPAC Video: Andria’s Story #TrashTheTories

Everyone connected with Disabled People Against Cuts has been working hard on social media to promote the #TrashTheTories campaign. I have been tweeting as if my life depended on it  – it sort of does – and now we are sharing these videos in an attempt to illustrate why a vote for the ‘nasty party’ should not even be a consideration.

These videos are excellently produced and highlight why we need #GE17 to produce a total change of Government that will work for the many, not the few.

56 year old Andria talks about the harsh reality of being severely disabled in 2017 Britain.

 

Wrexham DPAC #TrashTheTories

So its time for the final push. I will be going around the local village later to post Trash The Tories leaflets that I have left over from my protest in Wrexham town centre yesterday. GE17 has been an exciting time that has seen me invest a lot of money in DPAC materials – such as a banner and leaflets – and make many friends as we fight for a change of government. The campaign has allowed me to engage with the local community, meet comedy icon Steve Coogan and flood social media with #TrashTheTories literature.

All this has been done in the name of Wrexham DPAC which I hope will continue to grow and prosper long into the future, whatever the result on Thursday. I’m sorry to have to rush this blog entry but there is still time to convince people to #TrashTheTories and #VoteLabour.

Here are some of my highlights-

 

 

 

 

DPAC Video #TrashTheTories

Everyone connected with Disabled People Against Cuts has been working hard on social media to promote the #TrashTheTories campaign. I have been tweeting as if my life depended on it  – it sort of does – and now we are sharing these videos in an attempt to illustrate why a vote for the ‘nasty party’ should not even be a consideration.

These videos are excellently produced and highlight why we need #GE17 to produce a total change of Government that will work for the many, not the few.

David has Bipolar disorder. He discusses how this condition affects his everyday life and how stress is easily triggered. The assessment process has worsened his health.