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Disability Discrimination Act 1995

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1104: tabled on 05 November 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 32 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House notes that 25 years ago, on 8 November 1995, the Disability Discrimination Act received Royal Assent; recalls that this landmark piece of legislation was the result of a hard-fought campaign by disabled people, with up to 100,000 disabled activists taking part in direct action, campaigning for equal rights and an end to the kind of societal discrimination that saw wheelchair users regularly banned from bars, cinemas and theatres under the guise of health and safety; records that, under this Act, for the first time, it became unlawful to discriminate against disabled people, as employees, customers and citizens using public transport or getting an education; considers that the Act was an important milestone and a recognition of disability equality and disability rights, but notes that many felt it did not go far enough; recognises that, despite it now being against the law, disabled people are still discriminated against, in work, in public places, for example by assistance dog owners being refused access to restaurants and taxis, and with huge swathes of public transport still inaccessible; and joins disability campaign groups in calling for a fresh look at the future of disability equality and what needs to change in all aspects of society, including what steps are needed to ensure that anti-discrimination laws are backed up by meaningful enforcement.

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.

Gwynne, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 9 November 2020
Denton and Reddish
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 November 2020
Dundee West
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 November 2020
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 November 2020
Ochil and South Perthshire
Edwards, Jonathan
Independent
Signed on 9 November 2020
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 November 2020
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 November 2020
Motherwell and Wishaw
Gibson, Patricia
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 November 2020
North Ayrshire and Arran
O'Hara, Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 November 2020
Argyll and Bute
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 10 November 2020
Hayes and Harlington
Smith, Alyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 November 2020
Stirling
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 November 2020
Glasgow South West
Robinson, Gavin
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 10 November 2020
Belfast East
Barker, Paula
Labour
Signed on 10 November 2020
Liverpool, Wavertree
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 11 November 2020
Arfon
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 11 November 2020
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 12 November 2020
Strangford
Burgon, Richard
Labour
Signed on 12 November 2020
Leeds East
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 12 November 2020
Glasgow Central
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 12 November 2020
Brighton, Pavilion
Callaghan, Amy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 12 November 2020
East Dunbartonshire
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 November 2020
Falkirk
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 November 2020
Glasgow South
Farry, Stephen
Alliance
Signed on 30 November 2020
North Down
Long Bailey, Rebecca
Labour
Signed on 30 November 2020
Salford and Eccles
Corbyn, Jeremy
Independent
Signed on 26 March 2021
Islington North

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.