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.
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 the UK, the risk of poverty or social exclusion for disabled
people is also significantly higher than for non-
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-
We launched a second e-
A number of MPs, journalists and campaigners are already supporting this campaign including:
John McDonnell MP
Heather Fisken -
Ian Murray MP
Caroline Lucas MP
Margaret Hodge MP
Jo Brand -
Lord Simon Woolley -
Angela Mason -
Miranda Whitehead -
Kamaljeet Jandu -
Sean Jones QC
Robin Allen QC
John Cavanagh QC
Mike Mansfield QC
Diane Mulligan OBE -
Michael Rubenstein -
and many more...
You can read more about John McDonnell's Bill on our Parliament page here.
Please register to vote -
Disability Politics UK and the Fawcett Society have sent a joint submission to the United Nations with recommendations as follows:
1. The UK should enact s106 of the Equality Act 2010 which would require the collation of statistics on diversity data at local government and Parliamentary level. This should be changed now.
2. The UK should amend electoral law to enable people to stand as job share candidates for the House of Commons. This should be changed before the next Parliamentary elections in the UK.
3. The UK should amend electoral law to enable people to stand as job share candidates for local government office. This should be changed before the next cycle of local elections in the UK.
4. The UK should re-
We hope the Government will reply to these recommendations later in the year.
The full submission can be seen -
The Fawcett Society published a report supporting Job Sharing for MPs, please see -