Labour candidate talks politics at Project 49

Julian and Steven discussing why it is important that those with learning disabilities also have a voice in the coming election

Julian and Steven discussing why it is important that those with learning disabilities also have a voice in the coming election

This week the Labour Party candidate for Southend West, Julian Ware-Lane, visited Project 49, a facility for adults with learning disabilities. He had been invited as the customers are an often neglected set of voters, and this was an opportunity to engage with them, and for them to find out about Julian and the Labour Party.

Project 49 is named after its address in Alexandra Street in central Southend-on-Sea. This falls within the town centre Milton ward, which Julian represents on Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

Julian answered a range of questions about politics in general, and the Labour Party in particular. Julian explained why he was Labour, and why he believes Labour served the greater good.

Julian said: “It was a very good session and I was very impressed with the range of questions. The idea that there is such a thing as society, and that society means everyone, is intricately entwined into my political DNA. We are all interdependent. Adults with learning disabilities have a place, and I want to encourage them to express their opinions through the ballot box.”

“I have suggested that Project 49 repeat this exercise in the run-up to the 2016 local elections – people with learning disabilities also deserve a say in how their town is run.”

A warm reception

A warm reception