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Access To Elected Office Fund

EDM number 74 in 2017-18, proposed by Caroline Lucas on 28/06/2017.

That this House welcomes the election of five disabled hon. Members on 8 June 2017, an increase of three on the 2015-2017 Parliament; notes that disabled people are still under-represented in the House, and in politics more widely; further notes that a strong democracy is an inclusive one, and that, as elected representatives, disabled people can directly contribute valuable lived experience to the development of inclusive policy; is concerned that we need to do much more to encourage a diverse mix of local, regional and national election candidates that better reflects the society we live in; deeply regrets the time taken to date to evaluate the pilot Access to Elected Office Fund since its closure in May 2015; notes the Equality and Human Rights Commission's September 2015 recommendation that the Government reopen the Fund in England and work with the Scottish and Welsh Governments to explore options for making the scheme, or similar funds, available across Great Britain; further welcomes the success of the pilot Access to Elected Office Fund (Scotland), administered by Inclusion Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government, which provided support to 39 candidates in the 2017 Scottish local authority elections, 15 of whom were elected; and calls on the Government to act on the recommendation of the Equality and Human Rights Commission without further delay.

This motion has been signed by a total of 26 MPs.

MPDateConstituencyPartyType
Caroline Lucas28/06/2017Brighton, PavilionGreenProposed
Marsha De Cordova28/06/2017Seconded
Liz Saville Roberts28/06/2017Dwyfor MeirionnyddPlaid CymruSeconded
Stephen Lloyd28/06/2017EastbourneLiberal DemocratSeconded
Angela Crawley28/06/2017Lanark and Hamilton EastScottish National PartySeconded
Jared O'Mara28/06/2017Seconded
Laura Pidcock28/06/2017Signed
Jonathan Edwards28/06/2017Carmarthen East and DinefwrPlaid CymruSigned
28/06/2017Rutherglen and Hamilton WestLabour/Co-operativeSigned
Angus MacNeil28/06/2017Na h-Eileanan an IarScottish National PartySigned
28/06/2017Oxford EastLabour/Co-operativeSigned
Martyn Day28/06/2017Linlithgow and East FalkirkScottish National PartySigned
Jim Cunningham28/06/2017Coventry SouthLabourSigned
Jo Swinson28/06/2017East DunbartonshireLiberal DemocratSigned
Patrick Grady28/06/2017Glasgow NorthScottish National PartySigned
28/06/2017GowerLabourSigned
Drew Hendry28/06/2017Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and StrathspeyScottish National PartySigned
Kate Green28/06/2017Stretford and UrmstonLabourSigned
28/06/2017Oxford West and AbingdonLiberal DemocratSigned
Hywel Williams28/06/2017ArfonPlaid CymruSigned
Alison Thewliss28/06/2017Glasgow CentralScottish National PartySigned
Paul Flynn28/06/2017Newport WestLabourSigned
28/06/2017CeredigionPlaid CymruSigned
28/06/2017Kingston upon Hull West and HessleLabourSigned
Ruth George28/06/2017Signed
Peter Bottomley28/06/2017Worthing WestConservativeSigned

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