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New ‘Rose Ayling-Ellis’ law to give British Sign Language legal status for first time


A NEW “Rose Ayling-Ellis law” is set to give British Sign Language legal status for the first time.

Strictly champion Rose, 27, who made history by becoming the first deaf contestant on the show, has thrown her weight behind the campaign for the legislation.

The deaf actress dazzled viewers with her Strictly performances

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The deaf actress dazzled viewers with her Strictly performancesCredit: BBC
Glitterball trophy winner Rose Ayling-Ellis has used her new-found stardom to urge MPs to do more to roll out BSL - pictured with dance partner Giovanni Pernice

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Glitterball trophy winner Rose Ayling-Ellis has used her new-found stardom to urge MPs to do more to roll out BSL – pictured with dance partner Giovanni Pernice

It paves the way for more signers in schools, hospitals and GP surgeries to help deaf patients and pupils.

EastEnders star Rose moved the nation to tears with her poignant silent dance on Strictly with partner Giovanni Pernice, in a moving tribute to the deaf community.

The Glitterball trophy winner has used her new-found stardom to urge MPs to do more to roll out BSL.

Tweeting earlier this week, she said: “Let’s make this happen! #SignTheBill.”

In an unusual move, ministers will today announce they are backing a Bill tabled by Labour opponent Rosie Cooper.

 Work and Pensions Minister Chloe Smith said: “Deaf people will have equal opportunity by making BSL interpreters more accessible, finally breaking down those barriers to essential services.”

This Morning accused of gaffe after Holly Willoughby tells deaf Rose Ayling-Ellis ‘you won’t be able to hear a pin drop’





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