Mencap home residents tour parliament with MP

Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd with the visitors from Mencap
Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd with the visitors from Mencap

RESIDENTS from Eastbourne Mencap’s Sedgemoor and Framley homes visited Stephen Lloyd MP at the Houses of Parliament to discuss many issues that affect them.

Karen Medhurst, Christina Watson and Lesley Coombes Bassett enjoyed a tour of Westminster Hall, the House of Commons and the House of Lords. They saw where Her Majesty the Queen arrives and sits in the House of Lords.

They later met with Stephen and had half-an-hour with him discussing issues that have affected them like accessing trains and swimming pools in Eastbourne and surrounding areas. Stephen promised to write to people who could look into their concerns and encouraged them to also write in to people who can change policies such as head of railway companies and managers of leisure centres.

The group also gave Mr Lloyd some information they have produced with their key workers as part of their personalisation project whereby disability issues they experience are discussed such as being turned away from public places, limited disabled toilets in the town, blue badge allocation, and welfare reform changes.

Mr Lloyd said he is aware of many of the issues and promised to look at each of the issues and will do what he can.

A spokesperson at Eastbourne Mencap said, “Stephen Lloyd is very keen that Eastbourne Mencap gets on board with raising disability awareness in our local area and thanked our residents for contributing to this. He will do his best to support us wherever he can. Our residents would like to thank Stephen Lloyd for his invitation and for a fantastic day.”