An ordinary Labour member just gave the most moving speech of the party conference so far
Publisher: The Canary
Date Written: 25/09/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22471
An ordinary member's speech to the Labour Party conference left the audience stunned. And it's one that everyone needs to hear, as the moving address reflects a crisis in the UK.
'Their stories need to be heard'
Paula Peters is a Labour member from Bromley and Chislehurst. She is also a leading disabled rights activist, sitting on the steer group of campaign organisation Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC). And Peters used her speech at the Labour conference on Sunday 24 September to tell the crowd just what life is like for disabled people under a Conservative government.
Overall, Peters had a heartfelt message for all disabled people, their families and supporters, and the UK public. She said [1:41]:
I say to all the families who've lost loved ones due to these [government] cuts, their stories need to be heard.
And Peters used the conference platform to speak out for these people.
A 'genocide' of disabled people
She began by noting [0:17] that:
It's important that disabled people's voices are not silenced We are not voiceless. We are speaking out in anger. And to all disabled delegates and activists: now is the time to raise your voices in anger about what we're experiencing under a Tory government.