Sunday, 10 March 2019

Simeon Hart, Campaigning to be the first Deaf BSL using MP



Standing for election representing the Green Party, the Commons needs better Deaf awareness.  Simeon is only the second Deaf BSL user to be a Parliamentary candidate and the only one standing this time around. For those of you who tuned into BDA’s General Election Question Time a few days ago, you will know that Simeon is a Green Party candidate. With a keen interest in politics since his mid-teens, Simeon found there were many barriers to Deaf people entering the political arena. 


Finding a way to gain entry, Simeon has previously put himself forward for election in the local elections in Liverpool Central in 2012 and in Princes Park in 2013. On both occasions, he missed out to the Labour candidate but with a significantly improved number of votes. Standing in this year’s General Election is down to the guiding role of David Buxton from the BDA. 

“We were discussing the BDA's General Election Question Time,” Simeon explained, “and David asked me why I wasn’t going to stand for election for the Green Party. Having joined the Green Party in 2008 and campaigned on their behalf before, I gave his comments some thought and contacted the Green Party to see if there were any vacancies within constituencies where I could stand.” “I was given the list of vacancies in the North West and then I emailed to some of those constituencies to see if they were willing to have me to stand for them. 

Oldham West and Royton was the first to contact me and asked me to apply. Since then we have communicated well and last Tuesday after hustings and votes, I was told that they were in favour of me standing as a parliamentary candidate.”

[SOURCE unincluded due to ATR's policy on biased advertising].

ATR COMMENT:

We are less interested in the formats deaf use and more interested in if that format limits the prospective MP from promoting access for all via lack of experience.  From reading the article there is no description of which policies/people he is for or against.  Of course, he ISN'T the first deaf person Parliament, that goes to Jack Ashley a CI using deaf person who drew no distinctions with regards to what deaf or HoH formats are used.

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