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Bill to give British Sign Language legal status clears Commons hurdle – Daily Mail

Thursday, 3 February, 2022

Bill to give British Sign Language legal status clears Commons hurdle – Daily Mail


Plans to give British Sign Language legal status hailed their first major Commons hurdle today as MPs hailed Strictly Come Dancing champion Rose Ayling-Ellis for raising awareness.
A Private Member's Bill that would give recognition to signing was given an unopposed second reading after emotional scenes in the chamber.
Although BSL was recognised as a language in its own right by the Government in 2003, it has no legal protection.
Labour MP Rosie Cooper, who put forward the Bill, said bolstering its status will send a clear message to every deaf person that 'their language is equal and should be treated as equal'.
In a passionate speech in the Commons, Ms Cooper recalled her own experiences of growing up as the hearing child of deaf parents.
The MP for West Lancashire said: 'Growing up, I saw first-hand the difficulties deaf people face every day. The huge challenges my parents had to overcome, to be heard, to be listened to.
'More importantly, to be understood. Now, I'm told I booked my first family holiday when I was four years old. I don't remember but I did.'
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