Representation of the People (Members' Job Share) Bill
The Representation of the People (Members' Job Share) Bill aims to introduce job sharing for MPs
The Bill been put forward to enable more people to become MPs who may not be able to at present because of their disabilities or their caring responsibilities.
It follows a campaign and e-
“The House of Commons is not representative of the electorate. The House of Commons has 650 MPs. Of these 650, there are 504 male MPs, so women are seriously under represented. There are 27 MPs of black and minority ethnic (BME) origin, but there would need to be 55-
Letting MPs serve on a job share basis would enable more people from under-
We ask that the law be changed to allow MPs to serve on a job share basis.”
Legal advice about job sharing for MPs has been obtained by the Equality and Human Rights Commission from Karon Monaghan QC.
John McDonnell MP presented a ten minute rule Bill to the House of Commons on 20 November 2012 to seek to change the law to enable MPs to job share. He has made a video explaining that Parliament does not really reflect our community overall.
In addition, Caroline Lucas, the Green Party MP for Brighton Pavillion, has produced a video explaining why she thinks that allowing Parliamentarians to job share would help to make Westminster more inclusive.
Click here for link to the Bill
Click here for Explanatory Notes
Click here for legal advice from the Equality and Human Rights Commission about job-
Click here for link to Nick Clegg speaking on LBC Radio
Click here for link to John McDonnell's video
Click here for link to Caroline Lucas' video
Click here for Guardian list of people and organisations who support a law change to allow MPs to job share
Click here for House of Commons debate on the Bill
Tom Brake MP
Jeremy Corbyn MP
Jon Cruddas MP
Tim Farron MP
Frank Field MP
Robert Halfon MP
Meg Hillier MP
Margaret Hodge MP
Caroline Lucas MP
John McDonnell MP
Virendra Sharma MP
Sarah Wollaston MP