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‘I voted in the General Election’ by Gauri Mannra

08/05/2015

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Gauri Mannra, receptionist at the Centre of Engagement in the North voted in the General Election 2015. She describes how she made an informed decision.

“Everyone should vote, other countries don’t vote like this and it’s important because you need to make sure you choose the right party for you.

I’ve voted before but this time it was much easier. Usually you get lots of information through the door about each candidate but the layout of the materials are confusing and there is too much detail.

I’ve been listening to what the parties have been saying on telly but it was the easy read manifestos that Mencap produced that really helped me to decide who to vote for. I took them home to read to understand what each party stood for and what they were going to do if they were elected.

Many things are important to me. There aren’t enough jobs out there for people with a learning disability. I was looking for a while before getting the job as a receptionist for Golden Lane Housing and Mencap. I’ve been working here for nine months now and I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone. I’ve learnt so much and it’s given me more confidence. There should be more jobs so everyone has the opportunity to work. Having a good NHS service is important, you have to wait so long for ambulances to arrive and there aren’t enough doctors and nurses at the hospitals.

Yesterday, I voted at the polling station! I decided who to vote for when I got there, it was between two parties. I found it really easy, the people were friendly and helpful. When I came out of the polling station I had my photo taken which went straight on Twitter so everyone could see I’d voted.

Mencap has done a lot of good work around voting including a helpline incase people were having problems on Election Day – that was a really good idea.

Lots of people have signed up to Mencap’s Hear My Voice campaign including politicians, but more people should get involved. MPs need to know what’s important to people with a learning so they can make the changes that are needed,” Gauri Mannra, receptionist.

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