Sad political geek that I am, I stayed up all night on Thursday to see the election results. If you think that’s bad, at the same time, I was ticking off the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) list of politicians who had signed the NDCS election pledge for deaf children to see who got elected on the night.
Now with the benefit of sleep, I’ve been checking the list and coming up with a definitive number of politicians elected who’ve committed to supporting deaf children. And the final total is…. drum roll… 223!
NDCS’s initial target was around 50, my expectations have turned out to be way off. It’s a fantastic result, and all down to the thousand supporters who contacted their local candidates. It’s genuinely very pleasing, especially as it includes some big-hitters like Nick Clegg, the leader of the Lib Dems, and the education spokespeople from Labour, Conservative and Lib Dems (Ed Balls, Michael Gove and David Laws).
Of course, it’s only a means to an end. Any MP can sign a pledge, but what they need to do is step up and take action to make deaf children matter. But what it does mean is that a third of all MPs have at least promised to support deaf children. At the time of writing, we may not actually have a new Government just yet, but we do at least have that to hold onto. NDCS will now be working hard to make sure they keep their promises over the coming years.
Thanks again to everyone who took part and supported this campaign; it’s much appreciated and will make a big difference.
PS If you want to see if your MP signed the pledge, check the NDCS list.