Politically Speaking in the Wakefield Express

Christmas is almost here. The trees are up, Carols and Christmas songs are playing everywhere and my cards are written (almost written anyway).

Every year I hold a competition to design my Christmas card. Every year hundreds of children enter from primary schools across the constituency. This year the winner came from Newton Hill Community School here in Wakefield and is a somewhat cheeky affair. My winking Rudolf card was designed by Faith Murray. It will soon be adding festive cheer to mantelpieces across the constituency. As well as the hundreds I send locally, hundreds more get sent from the House of Commons too. So Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne will be receiving Faith’s brilliant card of a winking Rudolf in the post too.

One of the highlights of the festive season for me is always being asked to play Santa at the Kingsland School Christmas Party. This year was no exception. The children queued up to see Santa (and my elves) and there were presents for everyone.

Kingsland School does a brilliant job for their children. But other local primary schools too also champion inclusion and do their best to accommodate bright children with often serious physical disabilities.

At Newton Hill Community School after I’d presented Faith with her prize, I met another girl who I’d previously met at Kingsland. Despite her physical disability, because of her intelligence, it was recommended she join a mainstream school. It’s unusual to meet any child with an interest in politics but then I learned this girl really likes watching Newsnight. What an inspiration. And how great for such a bright child to be attending Newton Hill alongside similarly bright peers and friends.

Ensuring that every disabled child matters is an issue close to my heart. I’ve campaigned for many years to improve support. And earlier this year I ran the London Marathon and raised over £60,000 in aid of Whizz Kids, the disabled children’s charity and Action for Stammering Children. The Wakefield District has a proud tradition of championing support for children with additional needs. Parents want their children to attend the school that is best suited to their needs. So whether it’s the tailored support at Kingsland School or in a mainstream setting like Newton Hill, it’s good to know local children are getting the support they need to do well.

All my very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year in 2013.

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Posted December 21st, 2012 by Ed