Political News: MPs play basketball with winners of the paralympicgames

Disability charity John Grooms invited Tory MPs to play ball with members of the bronze medal-winning GB paralympic basketball team during the Tory conference, as the charity threw down the gauntlet to political parties to adopt its policy proposals ahead of the General Election.

The contest took place after a fringe meeting where Tory shadow disability spokesman Paul Goodman spoke on the party's recently launched national consultation on disability. "We want disabled people to have equal opportunities - that is why we have launched this consultation," he said.

The charity said that, so far, none of the main parties has committed itself to its proposals. However it hopes that its "campaigning vision" will start a national policy debate on disability.

Among its proposals, John Grooms wants to see 10 per cent of new social housing built to wheelchair standard, tax breaks to encourage disability-friendly built environments, and a statutory right to funding for respite care for disabled people.

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