Posted: Wed 11th Dec 2019

Updated: Wed 11th Dec

Wrexham candidates take part in Q&A as part of learning disability election event for people living in or visiting the wrexham area
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Dec 11th, 2019

Wrexham’s candidates for the upcoming General Election have taken part in a question and answer session with members of the learning disability self advocacy group SOUL (Shout Out United & Loud).

Due to time restrictions members decided that rather than hold a hustings they decided to set some questions and film the candidates answering them.

Filming was done by Simon Cooke from NWAAA who facilitates the group – with four questions posed to Welsh Conservative Sarah Atherton, Brexit Party’s Ian Berkeley-Hurst, Carrie Harper from Plaid Cymru, Tim Sly from the Welsh Liberal Democrats and Mary Wimbury from the Labour and Co-operative Party.

The questions asked were:-

1. What will you do to improve Wrexham town centre and what will you do about the drink and drugs on the streets?

2. How will you help people into work especially people with a disability?

3. What will your party do to stop global warming?

4. What is your position on Brexit?

All candidates were asked to answer the questions “without using jargon” and to talk about what they and their party are doing, rather than what other parties are or aren’t doing.

The film was shown at an event held at Ty Pawb earlier this week, with attendees given a voting slip with the pictures of the candidates on.

Speaking about why the event was organised, Simon Cooke said said: “It’s important that people are able to get information in a way that they can understand.

“Most of the information in the media is put across in a very negative way and we wanted to get it across in a way to find out what people are going to do not what others aren’t.

“We want to thank all the candidates as they had to answer questions in a different way to normal but they were all very helpful with their time and open to learning about what issues affect people with a learning disability in Wrexham.”

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