Jack Ashley MP, later Lord Ashley, was made an Honorary Life Member of BASICS in recognition of his efforts on behalf of the then British Association of Immediate Care Schemes.

A supporter and admirer of our founder Dr Ken Easton, Jack Ashley the then MP for Stoke on Trent and chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Disablement Group fought and won several important battles for BASICS within government that secured essential funding and development grants.

Past Honorary Secretary of BASICS Dr Ken Hines said of Lord Ashley, ‘I do not think it an exaggeration to say he was probably a key player in ensuring the long term future for BASICS at that time.’

Jack Ashley entered parliament for Labour in 1966 and only retired in 1992 when he was elevated to the House of Lords as Baron Ashley of Stoke on Trent. Profoundly deaf following surgery to repair a perforated eardrum in the mid 1960’s Jack Ashley was widely respected throughout his long and distinguished parliamentary career for his championing of health and welfare issues. At his instigation the All Party Parliamentary Disablement Group was set up and he chaired this Group for over 40-years.During this time he championed many health and welfare issues that included making TV accessible for the deaf, supporting the rights of those born suffering from the effects of Thalidomide and countering bullying in the military.

Jack Ashley always decried his own achievements, saying: “I was simply bringing about changes in the working environment and in the places where people lived. I think mine was a pragmatic approach.” His late wife who died in 2003, said the secret of his success was his bloody mindedness. Once he had taken up a cause, he was the proverbial dog with a bone, and would never give it up.

Lord Ashley worked behind the scenes as well as within the corridors of power to further the work of immediate care and in particular BASICS within the UK.