House of Commons
ACCESS TO ELECTED OFFICE FUND
EDM #74
Tabled 28 June 2017
2017-19 Session
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.

Signatures (93)

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.
In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.
Amesbury, Mike
Labour
18 April 2018
Antoniazzi, Tonia
Labour
28 June 2017
Bardell, Hannah
Scottish National Party
04 July 2017
Benn, Hilary
Labour
17 April 2018
Black, Mhairi
Scottish National Party
05 July 2017
Blackford, Ian
Scottish National Party
18 April 2018
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
28 June 2017
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
23 April 2018
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
04 July 2017
Buck, Ms Karen
Labour
26 April 2018
Cable, Sir Vince
Liberal Democrat
20 July 2017
Cameron, Dr Lisa
Scottish National Party
03 July 2017
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
26 April 2018
Carmichael, Mr Alistair
Liberal Democrat
17 April 2018
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
17 April 2018
Cowan, Ronnie
Scottish National Party
04 July 2017
Cruddas, Jon
Labour
17 April 2018
Cunningham, Alex
Labour
17 April 2018
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
28 June 2017
Davey, Sir Edward
Liberal Democrat
08 May 2018
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
28 June 2017
Dodds, Anneliese
Labour
28 June 2017
Drew, Dr David
Labour
29 June 2017
Duffield, Rosie
Labour
17 April 2018
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
28 June 2017
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
18 July 2017
Flynn, Paul
Labour
28 June 2017
Gapes, Mike
Labour
29 June 2017
George, Ruth
Labour
28 June 2017
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
18 April 2018
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
28 June 2017
Grant, Peter
Scottish National Party
04 July 2017
Gray, Neil
Scottish National Party
04 July 2017
Green, Kate
Labour
28 June 2017
Grogan, John
Labour
30 April 2018
Hardy, Emma
Labour
28 June 2017
Hayes, Helen
Labour
17 April 2018
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
28 June 2017
Hill, Mike
Labour
26 April 2018
Hobhouse, Wera
Liberal Democrat
23 April 2018
Howarth, Mr George
Labour
10 May 2018
Jardine, Christine
Liberal Democrat
08 May 2018
Killen, Gerard
Labour
28 June 2017
Kinnock, Stephen
Labour
01 May 2018
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
28 June 2017
Lamb, Norman
Liberal Democrat
18 July 2017
Lammy, Mr David
Labour
26 April 2018
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
29 June 2017
Lewell-Buck, Mrs Emma
Labour
02 May 2018
Lewis, Clive
Labour
29 June 2017
Lewis, Mr Ivan
Labour
26 April 2018
Linden, David
Scottish National Party
04 July 2017
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
28 June 2017
Martin, Sandy
Labour
09 October 2017
Maskell, Rachael
Labour
29 June 2017
McCabe, Steve
Labour
05 September 2017
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
29 June 2017
McKinnell, Catherine
Labour
30 April 2018
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
18 July 2017
Moran, Layla
Liberal Democrat
28 June 2017
Morris, Grahame
Labour
23 April 2018
Nandy, Lisa
Labour
08 May 2018
Newlands, Gavin
Scottish National Party
18 April 2018
Phillips, Jess
Labour
17 April 2018
Pidcock, Laura
Labour
28 June 2017
Rimmer, Ms Marie
Labour
23 April 2018
Russell-Moyle, Lloyd
Labour
26 April 2018
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
29 June 2017
Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
26 April 2018
Sheerman, Mr Barry
Labour
01 May 2018
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
18 July 2017
Slaughter, Andy
Labour
17 April 2018
Sobel, Alex
Labour
17 April 2018
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
29 June 2017
Stevens, Jo
Labour
10 July 2017
Stone, Jamie
Liberal Democrat
17 April 2018
Streeting, Wes
Labour
23 April 2018
Swinson, Jo
Liberal Democrat
28 June 2017
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
28 June 2017
Thomas, Gareth
Labour
17 April 2018
Umunna, Chuka
Labour
19 April 2018
West, Catherine
Labour
04 June 2018
Western, Matt
Labour
04 July 2017
Whitford, Dr Philippa
Scottish National Party
19 July 2017
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
28 June 2017
Wishart, Pete
Scottish National Party
19 April 2018
Zeichner, Daniel
Labour
18 April 2018
There are no withdrawn signatures for this Motion