Two new versions of the Brighton and Hove Green Party manifesto have been produced to reach more voters.
The local party’s equalities and diversity officer Matthew Moors’ 22-year-old daughter Ushka, who has Down’s syndrome, is voting for the first time next week so it is an issue close to his heart.
Mr Moors, who is standing in the Goldsmid ward, said: “We talk about democracy, we use the word but how do we actually achieve it?
“I chose the Green Party to stop more cuts and so that adult and child services would have a voice.
“Brighton and Hove Green Party is strongly committed to making the local democratic process as inclusive as possible for potentially marginalised groups in our community.”
He added: “Arabic is the second most widely spoken language in the city after English. I’m proud that the Green-led council carried out the city’s first ever needs assessment of black and minority ethnic communities.”
The local Green party has worked with Mencap to produce 10 election pledges from their Rejuvenating our City manifesto in an easy-read format.
There are around 6,000 people in the city with learning disabilities, and many more who have reading difficulties.
Hannah and Katy, local residents with learning disabilities were very happy with the easy-read manifesto and how they were spoken to by the local Green Party and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas when she visited.
Hannah Child, 33, of Hove, said: “It’s been great, we feel like we’ve been listened to and it will be really helpful. Everyone’s looking at it and talking about what it says, it’s cool!”
Katy Lord, of Portslade, said: “With some of these things you can get information overload but this is broken down into easy chunks which is good.”
The easy-read copy and the Arabic translation of the Brighton and Hove Green Party Manifesto are available on their website, www.brightonhovegreens.org.
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