On Tuesday 20th November 2012, John McDonnell MP presented a Bill to

Parliament to change the law to allow MPs to job share. No vote was taken.


Research has been conducted on public attitudes towards job sharing for MPs. It shows women and younger people are more likely to be in favour, also Labour and Liberal Democrats are more likely to support job sharing for MPs than UKIP or Conservative voters. You can read the research here. Why not write to your MP and tell them what you think about job sharing for MPs?


Meanwhile the campaign continues.

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There are over 10 million disabled people in the UK.  Yet there are only a handful of MPs who have declared that they are disabled.  


Disabled people are far less likely to be in employment.  In March 2013, the UK employment rate among working age disabled people was 49%, compared to 81.8% for non disabled people.


The poverty rate for disabled adults in the UK (30%) is twice as high as that for non disabled adults.


You can read more statistics about disability in the UK here.


Disability Politics UK is campaigning to get the law changed to enable Members of Parliament to job share – a crucial step in addressing the under-representation of disabled people in public and political life.


We launched a second e-petition in September 2012. This was followed by a letter to The Guardian on 25 September 2012.

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A number of MPs, journalists and campaigners are already supporting this campaign including:

John McDonnell MP

Caroline Lucas MP

Margaret Hodge MP

Jo Brand - comedian

Simon Woolley - Director Operation Black Vote

Angela Mason - The Fawcett Society

Miranda Whitehead - Chair Women Liberal Democrats

Kamaljeet Jandu - GMB

Frances Ryan

Deborah Orr

Sean Jones QC

Robin Allen QC

John Cavanagh QC

Mike Mansfield QC

Sir Bert Massie CBE

Diane Mulligan OBE - member of the CRPD expert committee

Michael Rubenstein - Equal Opportunities Review

and many more...

You can read more about John McDonnell's Bill on our Parliament page here.

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