Making Parliament Representative

Whether or not Parliament needs to reflect the demographics of the population has long been debated by theorists of representative government. Do we needs women and ethnic minorities in Parliament or can white men represent everyone effectively if they listen and care has long been a point of contention.
However to most observers Parliament is becoming more representative. Numbers of women and ethnic minorities have been increasing in recent years and some would argue that the current Parliament is the most diverse to have graced Westminster’s green benches.

However, Parliament is not seen to be overly welcoming to disabled MPs. Although there have been several high profile disabled politicians in recent years including David Blunkett it is not easy for disabled candidates to gain election. In recent years they have been helped by the Access to Elected Office fund but this is due to be scrapped in March.
This piece in the NS looks at the potential impact of this, arguably, regressive step.


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