In Conclusion…

One in Five has decided to conclude our campaign. We at One in Five are immensely proud of what we achieved as a non-funded, grassroots, cross-party political campaign. Did the campaign succeed? Yes and no. Ultimately we haven’t seen a significant increase in the numbers of disabled people in elected office but when we started…

Postcode Lottery

A few years ago the phrase Postcode Lottery was used almost continuously to describe the differences between health care from one area to another. A few weeks ago I found out for myself that this is still unfortunately fairly accurate. For the last couple of years I’ve had occasional issues with my hip due to…

Making An Impact

By Councillor John Cairney, South Lanarkshire Council I was first elected as a councillor in 2007 just two years after being officially registered as blind. It was the third time I had run for office and losing my sight did lead me to rethink my campaign strategy around purely practical considerations. Whether that change of…

Don’t Hold Back

By Liam McGinley My name is Liam McGinley, I am 17 years and am diagnosed with autism. I go to secondary school. School was the only place where I could be sociable but I would sometimes walk about by myself minding my own business during school intervals because I felt comfortable with it, apart from that…

Language is Powerful

By Lynsey Pattie Language is powerful. This election campaign has rightly pointed out sexist language used against female candidates is unacceptable and that racist language will never be tolerated. However, ableist language, especially in regards to mental health, has been used frequently and I wonder why this isn’t taken as seriously. You only have to look…

One in Five’s Accessible Manifesto Report Card

One week before the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections, the One in Five campaign produced their Accessible Manifesto Report Card on the accessibility of the main political party manifestos. The One in Five campaign aims to increase political participation among disabled people in Scotland and believes that removing the barriers disabled people face when accessing politics will help…

Call for political parties to support equal representation measures

Equalities organisations calling for equal representation for women, LGBTI, BME and disabled people are due to meet with representatives from Scotland’s political parties on Tuesday  to discuss measures to improve diversity in politics. In a meeting hosted by Marco Biagi MSP, Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment, equalities organisations will present a vision for…