Letter to the Telegraph on election candidate diversity

Today, I wrote a letter to the Telegraph with a group of MPs, calling on the Government to commence Section 106 of the Equality Act, which requires political parties to monitor the diversity of their candidates. The letter also calls on the Government to extend the legislation to include local and devolved elections.

It is vital that the House of Commons reflects the diversity of the people it seeks to represent.  Although progress has been made, more still needs to be done to increase the representation of women and minority groups.  By enabling parliament and the public to scrutinise the record of political parties when selecting candidates, publishing data on election candidate diversity would help achieve this.

To read the letter, see here