The Speaker's Conference was convened on 12 November 2008 to consider the disparity between the representation of women, ethnic minorities and disabled people in the House of Commons and their representation in the UK population at large. It worked through 2009 collecting evidence and published its final report in January 2010.
The Equality Act 2010 allows political parties to use all women shortlists to improve representation of women in the House of Commons. The 2010 General Election returned a higher number and proportion of female MPs than any previous general election. Prior to 1987 women had never made up more than 5% of MPs. Now they represent just over 1 in 5 MPs in the current Parliament.
The Coalition Government have developed a special fund to assist people with disabilities to be adopted as candidates for Parliament
Page last updated September 2013