Political Parties: Equality

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 26th February 2019.

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Photo of Faisal Rashid Faisal Rashid Labour, Warrington South

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if the Government will bring into force section 106 of the Equality Act 2010 so that political parties would be required to publish diversity data on candidates standing in elections.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

We keep section 106 under review, as we do with other uncommenced provisions in the Equality Act 2010.

The Government Equalities Office is working to support women and disabled people to participate in politics. This includes the recently announced fund to support disabled candidates to seek electoral office, to meet the costs of campaigning, primarily for the forthcoming English local elections in 2019.

Ultimately, parties are responsible for their candidate selection and should lead the way in improving diverse representation. Many are already doing so.

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