Focus: Policy and Politics - Question Time - Tim Loughton MP for Worthing East and Shoreham

What is the purpose of the Conservative Disability Group, which you chair?

To bring disability issues much more into the mainstream of Conservative Party campaigns, thereby ensuring that those with disabilities and groups working for the disabled have a voice at the top table of policy-making in Britain.

What is your role within the group?

My main roles are to enable the group to educate and inspire MPs and councillors from across the UK on issues of disability and to motivate them to become actively involved in working for those with disabilities.

Does the group influence policy-making in the Conservative Party?

Yes, the group is consulted on policy issues affecting people with disabilities.

What are the group's main achievements?

First, it has achieved a significant increase in the understanding of disability issues among Conservative MPs and councillors. There is still more to be done, but a real impact has been made at local and national levels. Second, through its associated membership scheme, non-Conservatives and groups such as the disability charities John Grooms and Radar can work together.

What else has it done?

As part of former Conservative leader William Hague's Listening to Britain initiative, we have held numerous meetings on disability. The Conservative Disability Group helped the Conservatives act as a catalyst for bringing many groups working with disability together, to enhance campaigning and joint approaches to shared objectives.

Who belongs to the Conservative Disability Group?

Many MPs, councillors and other party members. Those who have joined want to support the campaign's aim to make sure that people with disabilities feel Parliament, councils and communities include them.

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