This afternoon, I was elected chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on learning disability. An APPG is essentially an informal cross-party group of MPs who join together to pursue a particular topic or interest, and I am delighted to have been elected to lead one on a topic I care about.
The APPG on learning disability works closely with Mencap, the leading voice on learning disability. The charity works to support people with a learning disability, their families and their carers. Mencap is a fantastic organisation who do a lot of good work for people with a learning disability, and you can see more about their work and the work of the APPG at this link: https://www.mencap.org.uk/get-involved/campaigning/our-work-parliament/all-party-parliamentary-group-learning-disability.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece for The Times discussing how we can get more disabled people into work after Brexit. Working with Mencap and my colleagues on the APPG, I hope to be able to build on this idea and make a real change to so many people who have a learning disability.