May 11th - March and Lobby on Parliament

On Wednesday May 11th thousands of disabled people, their families and supporters from all over the country come together to protest with one voice outside the Houses of Parliament and make their feelings known about the impact of spending cuts on disabled people.

The day of protest, organised by UKDPC and major disability organisations, sent a strong and powerful message to the Government.

If you were not able to make the march you can still take part by writing to your MP or visiting The Hardest Hit website and make a big difference by protesting online.

View Pictures, Video and Press coverage of the Hardest Hit march in London

Read Mark Harrisons speech given at the Hardest Hit Rally pdf

The Hardest Hit March and Rally: 11:30am

An opportunity for thousands of disabled people to march past Parliament and demonstrate their support for the Hardest Hit Campaign.

The march will begin on Victoria Embankment between Horseguards Avenue and Bridge Street. Assemble will be at 11.30.

There will be a rally on Victoria Embankment with speeches between 12noon and 12.30 before the march sets off.

The March will start at 12.30 and will take about an hour. It will take in Victoria Embankment, Parliament Square, Millbank and finish in Dean Stanley Street.

You can view an image map of the route along with road names at http://e-activist.com/ea-campaign/action.retrievestaticpage.do?ea_static_page_id=1262

View the March Route Map via Google Maps

Download the The Hardest Hit March Pack which has some help tips on making the most of the day as well as a route of the march

What will the march be like?

It is hoped that 10,000 people will join the march, so be prepared to be part of a large crowd. The march will move slowly and there will be places to rest, but it may be difficult to leave the march or go back against the flow of people once the march has started. The march will last about an hour. There will be toilets along the route and stewards to direct and help you.

People are welcome to bring banners and placards to make their message heard. The more creative, the better!

Be aware that on marches people may shout or sing, and may blow whistles or other loud instruments to make a noise and create an atmosphere. You may want to consider wearing earplugs if loud noise could be problematic for you.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing. In May we may have a very hot day, or a rainy cold day. Make sure you are equipped for either by wearing layers that you can take off or put on. Bring a waterproof jacket, as well as sunscreen and a sun hat, just in case.

What else should I bring?

Bring a packed lunch, as well as high-energy snacks to get you through the march. Make sure you bring plenty of bottled water.

Lobby of Parliament: 1:30pm - 5:00pm

The Lobby is an opportunity for disabled people to meet with their local MPs and lobby them to take action on their behalf.

Everyone hoping to see their MP during the afternoon is encouraged to write in advance to get an appointment.

Making an appointment to see you MP on May 11th is the only way to guarantee that you'll be able to see them face to face at the protest.

Make an appointment with your MP

You will need to make an appointment with your MP for the day, you can find your MP's details on our Contact your MP page. If you are not sure which area you live in and who is your MP, use the form on the page to enter your Post Code and find out.

The organisers of the day have reserved several rooms in Methodist Central Hall, which is very close to the Houses of Parliament, for people to meet their MPs between 13.30 and 17.30. When you contact your MP you should suggest that he or she meets you there.

However, your MP may prefer to meet you in Westminster Hall, which is inside the Houses of Parliament. Or, he or she may suggest that you meet in one of the other office buildings for MPs around Westminster, such as Portcullis House. Any of these venues are fine. Your MP should be able to give you directions if you are meeting outside the House of Parliament.

Download the The Hardest Hit Lobby Pack which has some help tips and information for when you meet your MP

Transport to London

NCODP are providing a coach with wheelchair access for our members to attend this event.

Timetable (subject to change)

Register for the coach

If you are interested in attending and would like a place on the NCODP coach, please complete the registration form at www.campaignagainstcuts.org.uk/may112011.

The coach going from Norwich will cover the areas of North, East and South Norfolk.

If there is sufficient interest from West Norfolk we will organise separate transportation for members.

For further details of the day, help on contacting your MP and much more, download the The Hardest Hit Campaign and Lobby Pack from UKDPC

For more information about the day, download posters and information packs and to sign up for the days events please visit the following sites:

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