Scope stand takes the plaudits at the party conferences

Disability charity Scope has won 'best stand' awards at the Liberal Democrat and Labour conferences for its display showing how difficult it can be for disabled people to take part in the political process.

The stand, which will also appear at this week's Conservative Party conference in Blackpool, gives visitors a hands-on experience of how new voting methods, such as internet, interactive TV, telephone and text messaging, can be too confusing for people with cerebral palsy or other disabilities.

"We've met the majority of the Cabinet and probably talked in detail to about a thousand people, as well as receiving the award from the Prime Minister," said Ruth Scott, Scope's campaigns manager. "It's extremely exciting to feel that we're really making an impact and getting the message over."

The stand is a development of Scope's 'polls apart' campaign which has been helping the Government develop new voting methods that were trialled in recent elections.

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