Andrew Smith MP was interviewed for Sting Radio by My Life My Choice members.
My Life My Choice is a self-advocacy organisation ran by people with learning disabilities. In the interview, Andrew praised the excellent work done by the charity and learned about their recent Hate Initiative to raise awareness about some of the difficulties facing the learning disability community, for example bullying, hate crime, and mate crime (crime or bullying by those who they consider to be their friends).
Andrew said, “It is important that the contribution and achievements of People with learning disabilities are fully recognised, and I support the excellent work My Life My Choice are doing to make sure the views and needs of people with learning disabilities are heard and acted upon, to enable those with learning disabilities to take an active role in their communities and make a positive contribution to society.”
Andrew also responded to questions about the growing levels of poverty in society, and the role of the new police and crime commissioners. An audio recording of the interview is available here.
In response to a question raised in the interview, Andrew also followed up the interview by asking a Parliamentary Question about employment support in Oxfordshire for people with learning disabilities.