Inside the Welsh Assembley

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Elections for the Scottish Government, Welsh Assembly and local authorities in England took place on Thursday 5th May 2016.

  • In Scotland, the Scottish National Party (SNP) remains the largest party, though fell two seats short of a majority. The Conservative party is now the official opposition in Scotland with Labour taking third place. The constituency of Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn, location of BIRT’s Graham Anderson House, elected the SNP’s Bob Doris as Member of the Scottish Parliament, replacing Labour’s Patricia Ferguson.
  • In Wales, Labour also remains the largest party while falling short of a majority. UKIP won their first seven seats in the Assembly, and Plaid Cymru is now the official opposition in Wales. The constituency of Llanelli, location of BIRT’s Tŷ Aberdafen, was held by Labour, with Lee Waters returned as the new Assembly Member.
  • In the England Council Elections, Labour and the Conservatives both lost seats, with Labour retaining control of 58 councils, Conservatives 38, Liberal Democrats 4 and 24 councils returned as ‘no overall control’.

The Trust would like to extend our congratulations to all candidates. We look forward to working with local and national governments in future to further develop awareness and understanding of disability. We will be producing a briefing in the next few weeks ahead of the forthcoming EU referendum.

All of us within the Trust are very excited about the new Louis Theroux documentary ‘A Different Brain’, which features people supported through BIRT’s rehabilitation services in Liverpool, Leeds and Devon. The documentary airs on BBC Two on Sunday 15th May at 9pm. We hope this documentary will increase public awareness and understanding about life after brain injury, and we have contacted all Members of Parliament, Assembly Members and Members of the Scottish Parliament with a BIRT service in their constituency to make them aware of the documentary and invite them to visit their local centre.

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