We’re sorry to announce that although we applied for an award for our efforts to facilitate greater political engagement by disabled people in our democratic process -even pointing out how we regularly bring groups of disabled people to the House of Commons – we failed to get an award this year. We have signed up however to get alerts about future events although surprsingly there was no category listing disability which is very disappointing. Maybe this indicates that politicians and civil servants don’t care about disability issues as we’ve always thought.
Still we’ll be making sure they do take more notice in the near future.
The rejecton letter -:
Many thanks for your entry to the pilot year of the Your UK Parliament Awards 2018.
The calibre of application was very high this year, with us receiving over 170 applications. The Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP, was joined in judging the entries by Valerie Vaz MP; Victoria Prentice MP; Ronnie Cowan MP; Liz Moorse, the Chief Executive of the Association for Citizenship Teaching; and myself. The entire panel was extremely impressed with all of the applications for the awards and I would like to thank you on their and my behalf for all the hard work that you continue to do to engage people with their UK Parliament.
Unfortunately on this occasion your entry was not chosen as the winner. I would like to thank you for taking part in the competition, and for taking the time to tell us about the hard work that has gone in to making your contact great.
I wish you every success with your future projects and we look forward to hearing about them in next year’s competition!
Head of Education and Engagement
Houses of Parliament
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