Initial media response to #LBBill

This is just a short note to capture some of the coverage that #LBBill launch got in case people wish to watch/listen.

We visited the Department of Health to talk to two senior civil servants the day before we launched. You can read more here and watch our film recorded after the visit here:

On the day we launched the local media, BBC Oxford, provided a lot of coverage:

1) Phil Gayle’s breakfast show interviewed a number of people involved with the LBBill, including Rich (Connor’s step dad), Chris (from IHAL) Philippa (from Change) and Paul (from My Life My Choice). The show is available to listen to online here for the next few days.

2) The lead news story on the local BBC TV news was about the LBBill. It is no longer available to view, but it included a video of Sara, explaining what had happened to Connor and why the Bill might have helped, and Steve, talking about the Bill.

3) The evening drive time radio show was presented by Nick Piercey and included a 10min slot discussing the LBBill. This coverage included an interview with Norman Lamb, the Care Services Minister, and Sara. You can listen to it online here for the next few days. The Sara and Norman interview starts at 2hrs7mins, this is what it looked like behind the scenes:

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The Minister expressed his total frustration at the pace of change and promised to work with Connor’s family and members of the JusticeforLB campaign to explore how the principles of the LBBill could be embedded within law. The Minister was good to his word and a date has been set for that meeting in the next fortnight. We will keep you posted about how that meeting goes.

We have also been delighted to see the social media discussion about the draft Bill, the facebook group is on fire, the twitter #LBBill hashtag is red hot and we’ve started receiving feedback emails.

We will be shortly adding pages to this website where you can pledge your personal or organisational support for the LBBill. In the meantime if you wish to share news of the campaign with someone who doesn’t use social media then you can send them our email newsletter available here and encourage them to sign up for future updates.

Thank you all for your continued support and contributions to introducing the LBBill and improving lives for many disabled people.

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