In the run up to the December 2019 UK election, Bethany Dawson of the Independent newspaper wrote a breakdown of how often disabilities are mentioned in the political parties manifestos.
One of the first things that stood out was that very few parties had provided manifestos in accessible formats until part-way through their campaigns. The Liberal Democrats and the Green Party were the only parties to have published easy-read manifestos online on launch day, alongside their full printed document. Policies aside, a sizable proportion of the electorate had been denied their full democratic rights.
With accessibility and inclusivity being such a hot political topic, it’s troubling that the two largest parties appear to be paying only lip service to these policies. It seems rather shortsighted in terms of the voting populace. Not providing inclusive formats excludes a large number of potential voters and could have a short and long term effect on their electoral support.