With the UK General Election less than five months away, United Response’s Every Vote Counts campaign is gathering momentum.

Our major campaign is designed to make politics accessible to all, particularly people with learning disabilities, and the feedback so far has been extremely positive.

People we support have been accessing our Every Vote Counts learning resources, and the easy read Every Vote Counts website. Groups have been using the resources and website to hold workshops and discussions to promote the vote, and are preparing people we support to make sure their voices are heard on 7 May.

A political campaign that benefits all involved

At the political level, our Parliamentary launch was a huge success. MPs from all the main parties agreed that greater engagement between people with learning disabilities and politicians is mutually beneficial: while people with learning disabilities enrich their lives by becoming active and engaged citizens, MPs gain as many votes as possible at the next election.

Last month, we heard from Kate Green MP, the Shadow Disabilities Minister, who is lending her support to the campaign; this week, it’s the turn of Paul Burstow MP, the Liberal Democrats' disability spokesperson.

Paul spoke about the importance of prospective parliamentary candidates reaching out and listening to people with learning disabilities. He also told United Response that he was looking forward to hearing who will be appointed as our new Political Correspondent:

Coming up...

Next week, we’ll be hearing from Disabilities Minister Mark Harper MP about his views on the campaign, so be sure to follow @unitedresponse - searching for #EVC - on Twitter, and keep an eye on our Facebook posts and Vine film trailers.

United Response will be announcing the successful candidate for the position of our Political Correspondent very shortly. We will be out and about, pacing local constituency streets, and taking the message of Every Vote Counts to politicians at Westminster, commentators and other organisations that are keen to lend their support and get involved.

Watch this space!

John JC Cooper, campaigns manager.