United Response is pleased to announce that we will shortly begin recruitment for a Political Correspondent to cover the run-up to the 2015 General Election and promote the Every Vote Counts campaign.

Our correspondent will be shortlisted from United Response’s UR Consultants, a group of people with learning disabilities and/or autism, who work on United Response’s accessible news magazine, Easy News, and who have a particular interest in current affairs and making complex information easier to understand.

Making politics more accessible

The post will give the successful candidate a first-hand role in making politics accessible for others. The politically neutral role will also give the individual an opportunity to develop their journalistic skills – carrying out research, developing questions, meeting and interviewing key spokespeople, speaking on camera and presenting information to people in a way that they can understand.

As United Response’s campaigns manager, I will be working with the political correspondent to produce and film an exclusive series of video interviews and special reports. Together we will create videos to be posted on United Response’s website and YouTube channel to help promote the Every Vote Counts campaign and build momentum around disability-related issues as the election draws closer.

Our correspondent will be reporting all the very latest in the build-up to the election, from your street to Downing Street. 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 keen to lend their support and get involved.

Keep up to date with the latest happenings

To find out the issues we will be covering, be sure to follow @unitedresponse, searching for #EVC on twitter, and keep an eye on our Facebook posts for the films. Each piece will follow a theme and a particular story connected to Every Vote Counts and they will all be available instantly online as they are produced.

The successful candidate will be announced and introduced early next year. Our work to cover British politics and the issues that matter to people with disabilities will begin immediately!

Watch this space for announcements and news, and remember to spread the word about the Every Vote Counts website and resources.

John Cooper, campaigns manager.

Kate Green MP on Every Vote Counts

We’ve asked all the major political parties to get involved and let us know what they think about Every Vote Counts. This week Shadow Disabilities Minister Kate Green MP told us that the campaign reinforces the message that voting is a right every disabled person has as a citizen.