Local MP’s speak in support of British Sign Language bill

Two local MP’s were amongst a number from across the chamber to speak out in support of the motion this week.

Stourbridge MP, Suzanne Webb and Dudley North MP, Marco Longhi supported the aim to give British Sign Language legal recognition.

The Private Members’ Bill, introduced by West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper will now continue its progress through parliament. The Government has said it will support it.

The Bill aims for both recognition and also to promote BSL’s use in public services and public life.

It wants to make BSL a language in its own right, and place a duty on the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to issue guidance on the promotion and facilitation of BSL. Suzanne said:

“This is an important piece of legislation that should have happened years ago but is most welcome nonetheless.

“I would like to thank Rosie Cooper, the Government and many others for working so well together to bring this Bill to the Houses.

“It’s another example of how this government is supporting all people with a disability, including deaf people, so they can lead fulfilled and independent lives.”


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