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ACCESS TO ELECTED OFFICE FUND

EDM (Early Day Motion) 74: tabled on 28 June 2017

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

This motion has been signed by 93 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

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.

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
Signed on 18 April 2018
Weaver Vale
Antoniazzi, Tonia
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2017
Gower
Bardell, Hannah
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 July 2017
Livingston
Benn, Hilary
Labour
Signed on 17 April 2018
Leeds Central
Black, Mhairi
Scottish National Party
Signed on 5 July 2017
Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Blackford, Ian
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 April 2018
Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 28 June 2017
Worthing West
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 April 2018
Carshalton and Wallington
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 July 2017
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Buck, Ms Karen
Labour
Signed on 26 April 2018
Westminster North
Cable, Sir Vince
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 July 2017
Twickenham
Cameron, Dr Lisa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 3 July 2017
East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 26 April 2018
Blyth Valley
Carmichael, Mr Alistair
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 April 2018
Orkney and Shetland
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
Signed on 17 April 2018
West Lancashire
Cowan, Ronnie
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 July 2017
Inverclyde
Cruddas, Jon
Labour
Signed on 17 April 2018
Dagenham and Rainham
Cunningham, Alex
Labour
Signed on 17 April 2018
Stockton North
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2017
Coventry South
Davey, Sir Edward
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 May 2018
Kingston and Surbiton
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 June 2017
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Dodds, Anneliese
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2017
Oxford East
Drew, Dr David
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2017
Stroud
Duffield, Rosie
Labour
Signed on 17 April 2018
Canterbury
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 28 June 2017
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 July 2017
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2017
Newport West
Gapes, Mike
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2017
Ilford South
George, Ruth
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2017
High Peak
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 18 April 2018
Birmingham, Hall Green
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 June 2017
Glasgow North
Grant, Peter
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 July 2017
Glenrothes
Gray, Neil
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 July 2017
Airdrie and Shotts
Green, Kate
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2017
Stretford and Urmston
Grogan, John
Labour
Signed on 30 April 2018
Keighley
Hardy, Emma
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2017
Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle
Hayes, Helen
Labour
Signed on 17 April 2018
Dulwich and West Norwood
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 June 2017
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Hill, Mike
Labour
Signed on 26 April 2018
Hartlepool
Hobhouse, Wera
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 April 2018
Bath
Howarth, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 10 May 2018
Knowsley
Jardine, Christine
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 May 2018
Edinburgh West
Killen, Gerard
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2017
Rutherglen and Hamilton West
Kinnock, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 1 May 2018
Aberavon
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 28 June 2017
Ceredigion
Lamb, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 July 2017
North Norfolk
Lammy, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 26 April 2018
Tottenham
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 June 2017
Dundee West
Lewell-Buck, Mrs Emma
Labour
Signed on 2 May 2018
South Shields
Lewis, Clive
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2017
Norwich South
Lewis, Mr Ivan
Labour
Signed on 26 April 2018
Bury South
Linden, David
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 July 2017
Glasgow East
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 June 2017
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Martin, Sandy
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2017
Ipswich
Maskell, Rachael
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2017
York Central
McCabe, Steve
Labour
Signed on 5 September 2017
Birmingham, Selly Oak
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 June 2017
Glasgow South
McKinnell, Catherine
Labour
Signed on 30 April 2018
Newcastle upon Tyne North
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 July 2017
Falkirk
Moran, Layla
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 June 2017
Oxford West and Abingdon
Morris, Grahame
Labour
Signed on 23 April 2018
Easington
Nandy, Lisa
Labour
Signed on 8 May 2018
Wigan
Newlands, Gavin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 April 2018
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Phillips, Jess
Labour
Signed on 17 April 2018
Birmingham, Yardley
Pidcock, Laura
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2017
North West Durham
Rimmer, Ms Marie
Labour
Signed on 23 April 2018
St Helens South and Whiston
Russell-Moyle, Lloyd
Labour
Signed on 26 April 2018
Brighton, Kemptown
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 29 June 2017
Strangford
Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
Signed on 26 April 2018
Ealing, Southall
Sheerman, Mr Barry
Labour
Signed on 1 May 2018
Huddersfield
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 July 2017
Edinburgh East
Slaughter, Andy
Labour
Signed on 17 April 2018
Hammersmith
Sobel, Alex
Labour
Signed on 17 April 2018
Leeds North West
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 June 2017
Glasgow South West
Stevens, Jo
Labour
Signed on 10 July 2017
Cardiff Central
Stone, Jamie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 April 2018
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Streeting, Wes
Labour
Signed on 23 April 2018
Ilford North
Swinson, Jo
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 June 2017
East Dunbartonshire
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 June 2017
Glasgow Central
Thomas, Gareth
Labour
Signed on 17 April 2018
Harrow West
Umunna, Chuka
Labour
Signed on 19 April 2018
Streatham
West, Catherine
Labour
Signed on 4 June 2018
Hornsey and Wood Green
Western, Matt
Labour
Signed on 4 July 2017
Warwick and Leamington
Whitford, Dr Philippa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 July 2017
Central Ayrshire
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 28 June 2017
Arfon
Wishart, Pete
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 April 2018
Perth and North Perthshire
Zeichner, Daniel
Labour
Signed on 18 April 2018
Cambridge

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.