It’s been about 8 months now since the idea for the #LBBill was hatched. Sparked by a tweet by Mark Neary. Acted on with a remarkable combination of expertise, cheek, experience, knowledge, rage, good cheer, humour, collectivity and common sense. What could have been a throwaway comment became something more substantial. Talk turned to action. And gained layers of substance through a chaotically (un)organised campaign of crowd sourced feedback.
Details were thrashed through with meticulous attention by people, disabled people’s organisations, self advocates, carers, professionals and others. This collective focus enabled a remarkable measure of sense to be brought to version 2. Groan dimensions accompanying much legislation/social policy erased by strong statements by those who know.
On June 4th, the ballot will be held to select MPs who will have the opportunity to apply for a Private Members Bill (PMB). We really need to encourage all MPs to get on board with the Bill and, if they’re selected high up in the ballot, lobby the socks off them.
I don’t know much about PMBs. I do know that the #LBBill is the outcome of remarkable endeavour, commitment, love and determination. I can’t imagine there are many better prepared bills in terms of whatever you want to call public involvement/engagement/co-production or just getting on with it, together. Or bills that are such a remarkable expression of joy and celebration of lives too often dismissed and ignored.
I’d champion it if I was an MP. Without hesitation.