10th November 2019

Maria Villa-Vine with Chris Packham and Janine Booth

TV naturalist and Ambassador for the Autistic Society, Chris Packham, took part in the neurodiversity conference held at the Riverside Centre, Newport this weekend, and praised Labour’s Neurodiversity Manifesto.

The conference celebrated all things Neurodivergent. This embraces people with autism, dyspraxia, dyslexic, dyscalculic or those with a condition such as attention deficit disorder or Tourette’s syndrome.

‘Neurodivergent Labour’ were also present at the Conference. Both Janine Booth, the co-founder of Labour’s ‘Neurodivergent Manifesto ‘ & Maria Villa-Vine of Labour’s Newport Branch saw Chris Packham speak warmly of Labour’s neurodivergent manifesto.

Mr Packham said:

‘I am very pleased to support this draft of proposals and its potential inclusion in the Labour Party Manifesto . If implemented it would represent a real hope of improvement in neurodiverse people’s lives . It is a symbol of progress for, and in , a community which needs and deserves this more than ever .’

Maria Villa-Vine with Labour Candidate Richard Quigley

On the following day in Ventnor, Richard Quigley, Labour’s candidate in the General Election, attended a follow-up event. A lively & informative discussion took place covering the five principles of the Manifesto.

Mr Quigley said:

“I was honoured to be at the launch of the Labour Neurodiversity Manifesto today, a manifesto written by neurodiverse people for neurodiverse people. The culmination of three years of hard work that I fully endorse and support.

“I would encourage all those party members that identify as neurodiverse to sign up for free membership. All should be aware of the gross inequalities faced by the neurodiverse community, affecting their health, employment, education and daily lives.

“As the manifesto says, ‘Nothing about us without us’. We must make sure that the manifesto’s call to action is heard and acted upon in the next government.’