The One in Five Campaign

A campaign to encourage, empower and increase political participation amongst disabled people in Scotland.

Scotland has witnessed an incredible upsurge in political enthusiasm over recent years with improved equality being a shared desire regardless of which way a person votes or political party they support.  As ONE IN FIVE people of working age in Scotland is disabled, we aspire to have political participation and representation that reflects our society.

This long term aspiration is ambitious; it will take time and effort but we believe, that, as a first step, if political parties and organisations ensure meetings and materials are accessible including at local and national levels, our aspiration is achievable. If you agree with us and share our aspiration for Politics to look more like the people it represents, then sign our charter and help us get there!

How You Can Help Us

Invite us to Meetings

We are keen to speak to as many people as possible about the importance of engaging disabled people. This may include political branch meetings, community council events or any other appropriate forum.

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Share us on Facebook

We have a vibrant community of active, motivated and engaged supporters on Facebook. By liking and sharing or posts, you will be helping us get our important message out there and in front of both politicians and the public alike.

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Follow us on Twitter

Help One in Five be part of the political discussion. Follow, retweet and invite others to engage with our Twitter account so that we can keep as many people as possible up-to-date with the fast-moving campaign.

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Sign the One in Five Charter

  1. All members are asked about individual needs which are actioned to ensure inclusion

  2. Meetings are held in accessible venues

  3. Material is available in a variety of formats

  4. Organisational tasks and responsibilities are clearly defined yet remain flexible enough to empower individual member ability

  5. Your organisation aims to increase the awareness and understanding of issues affecting disabled people and strives to include and empower all members

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    Your Phone Number

    Your Message

    Support for the One in Five Campaign

    By supporting disabled people’s participation in politics we will not only break down another barrier to equality but will enrich Scottish political life by ensuring that the rich tapestry of Scottish society is properly reflected – which is why I was so proud to support you.
    Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh - The Scottish National Party
    Congratulations to everyone behind One in Five. Here is another way we can all help remove barriers to political participation and improve our political representation. Scottish Labour is proud to support you.
    Ken Macintosh - The Scottish Labour Party
    The SSP were delighted to unanimously support the ONE IN FIVE campaign. Politics must be more accessible for people with disabilities and long term health conditions.
    Sandra Webster - The Scottish Socialist Party
    The One in Five campaign is a fantastic cause. It’s important to encourage more disabled people to get involved in local and national politics. This improves public attitudes and increases political participation within all sections of society.
    Cameron Buchanan - The Scottish Conservative Party

    Other Organisations, Groups and Individuals  Committed to the One in Five Campaign

    Political Parties and Organisations

    Scottish Conservative Party
    Scottish Green Party
    Scottish Liberal Democrats
    Scottish Labour Party
    Scottish National Party
    Scottish Socialist Party
    Inclusion Scotland
    Black Triangle
    Common Weal
    Young Women’s Movement In Scotland (YWCA)
    Electoral Reform Society Scotland
    Women 50:50
    Women For Independence
    Community Union
    NUS Scotland
    Edinburgh University Students’ Association
    Rise – Scotland’s Left Alliance

    Local Party Branches

    Dundee SSP
    Central Greens
    Edinburgh East Labour Party
    Leith Walk SNP
    Edinburgh Greens
    Glasgow Greens
    Forth SNP
    Rutherglen SNP
    Lothian Greens
    Dunoon SNP
    East Renfrewshire Greens
    Bute SNP
    Renfrewshire Greens
    Edinburgh Central SNP
    Stirling SNP
    Dunbartonshire Greens
    Women For Independence: Edinburgh
    Ayrshire Greens
    Paisley Tannahill SNP
    Banff & Macduff SNP
    Huntly & Alford SNP
    Girvan & South Carrick SNP
    Bridge of Allan SNP
    Kirkintilloch SNP
    Kinross SNP
    Glasgow Shettleston SNP


    Nicola Sturgeon
    Kezia Dugdale
    Willie Rennie
    Ruth Davidson
    Patrick Harvie
    Maggie Chapman
    Alex Salmond
    Ken MacIntosh
    Sandra Webster
    Jackie Baillie
    Dennis Robertson
    Cara Hilton
    Alison Johnstone
    Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh
    John Finnie
    Jean Urquhart
    Dr Philippa Whitford

    Local Authorities

    The Moray Council
    Renfrewshire Council
    Stilring Council

    Register your support for the One in Five Campaign

    Get in touch and notify our team of your support, either as an individual or as an organisation:

    Sign the One in Five Charter

    Our Ambassadors


    Jamie Szymkowiak

    Equality Campaigner & SNP Member


    Pam Duncan-Glancy

    Disabled Rights Campaigner & Labour Party Member


    Nicola Ross

    Campaigner and Conservative Party Member


    Gordon Aikman

    Campaigning to fund a cure for motor neurone disease and Labour party member


    Sarah Anderson

    Campaigner and Scottish Green Party member


    Ryan McMullan

    Campaigner and Labour Party member


    Jamie Walker

    Campaigner and SNP Member


    Hannah Bettsworth

    Campaigner and Liberal Democrat

    oneinfive_photos_Lynsey Pattie

    Lynsey Pattie

    RISE Member

    One in Five in the Media