Baroness Jane Campbell of Surbiton DBE
Independent Crossbench Member of the House of Lords and disability rights campaigner
“No rights, no freedom”
Jane Campbell has a long history of parliamentary lobbying for disabled people’s civil and human rights. She has been particularly active in creating structures which encourage disabled people from all sectors of society to take control of their lives and influence political and social change. Jane was a Commissioner at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) from 2006-2009, and a Commissioner of the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) from its inception in 2000.
Among her publications, Jane co-authored Disability Politics (with Mike Oliver) in 1996; and contributed a chapter to Disabled People and the Right to Life (ed Luke Clements and Janet Read) in 2008.
Jane Campbell has been recognised for her work twice in the Queen’s birthday honours (in 2000 with an MBE and again in 2006 when she was made a Dame), and is the recipient of three honorary doctorate degrees.
Jane is a founding member of Not dead Yet UK, a network of disabled people who oppose the assisted dying movement.
Publications / Media
This powerful book presents a series of perspectives on the process of self-organisation of disabled people which has taken place over the last thirty years.
Disabled People and the Right to Life
The most basic of human rights, the right to life, is the focus of this book.
Lessons from Lockdown
A more inclusive Parliament: a reflection by Baroness Campbell of Surbiton I have been in the Lords 12 years and many of the barriers to my effective participation have been resolved by good-natured and enthusiastic staff and parliamentarians. Occasionally however, I...
The Pandemic of Disability Rights – 2020
A story of resilience In late February, early March, the country began to feel a sense of foreboding as international news stories started to focus on a new deadly virus called COVID-19. Having an overactive imagination and being a horror movie enthusiast, I remember...
The Vulnerables – think piece
Hi, I’m Jane and I belong to a group called "The Vulnerable’s". Sadly, we are not a new pop group about to make our millions, but we are very popular at the moment. You will hear about us every-day, on the radio, the TV and wall-to-wall social media. The old Methodist...