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BSL Motion - Liberal Democrats Conference 2013

BDA URGES MEMBERS AND BSL SUPPORTERS TO CONTACT THEIR LOCAL LIBERAL DEMOCRAT PARTY MEMBERS

The British Deaf Association is pleased to hear that the Liberal Democrats Conference will have a debate on BSL on Tuesday 17thSeptember in Glasgow. The motion will include the legal status for BSL and will ask the conference delegates to vote for or against the motion. There will be a fringe meeting “BSL: Ignorance or Legal Recognition” organised by LDDA the night before the debate, when delegates can put their questions to a panel. The BDA is also committed to pressing the other political parties to do the same at their own party conferences.

Dr Terry Riley, BDA’s Chair, commented “Whilst the BDA cannot affiliate itself to any one party, we have a very positive working relationship with the Liberal/SDP Party which was the first to introduce BSL/English interpreters at their conference and the first to invite a Deaf BSL user, Christine Reeves, to address delegates.

The BDA also recognise that our present Chief Executive, David Buxton, a former Liberal Democrat councillor and parliamentary candidate for many years, has been working in his own time to influence the Liberal Democrats to support the BSL Motion, which has brought about this conference debate. He has also met with the Conservative Disability Group and will continue to influence them and the Labour Party. The BDA is not a political organisation but campaigns for equality for Deaf people and is keen for all political parties to understand the need for BSL to have legal status. The BDA will be setting up a working group on the legal status for BSL, to bring together different experts to produce a project plan by the end of March 2014.”

The BDA urges its members and BSL supporters to contact their local Liberal Democrat party conference representatives to ask them to support the BSL Motion. A sample letter - click here