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UK Disability History Month

Marsha Chantol de Cordova

Marsha Chantol de CordovaMarsha Chantol de Cordova (born 1976) is a British Labour Party politician, who was elected as the Member of Parliament for Battersea at the 2017 general election defeating the Conservative Minister Jane Ellison. Previously she was a Labour Party councillor for the Larkhall ward on Lambeth Council and an active Unite the union rep. Prior to becoming an MP, she was also the engagement and advocacy director at the charity, Thomas Pocklington Trust.

Marsha has held the post of Shadow Minister for Disabled People since October 2017.

De Cordova has Nystagmus and is registered blind. Most recently, de Cordova worked at leading sight loss charity Thomas Pocklington Trust, as Director of Engagement and Advocacy. In her maiden spoeech to Parliament she said:
“Living with my visual impairment, I have had to overcome many barriers, but I want to give a special thanks to my mum, who is here today. She made sure that I had a brilliant state education. When I was at primary school, the headteacher thought that it would be better if I was sent to a special school, but my mother was having none of that and fought tooth and nail to keep me in mainstream education. I can safely say that I would not be the woman I am today, or an elected Member of Parliament, had it not been for her.”