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.

Send us an invitation

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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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

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