Gender Sensitive Parliament

Helping Parliament become more representative and inclusive

The importance of representative and diverse Parliaments is widely recognized: in academic research, by international and national NGOs and civil society groups, and amongst MPs, and by the Commons leadership. Embedded within the House for a semester, the University’s Professor Sarah Childs met extensively with MPs, clerks and officials, and external experts, to draw up a comprehensive reform agenda – 43 technical recommendations, grounded in the norms, practices and politics of the Commons. Critically, Professor Childs persuaded the Speaker of the importance of creating a new institution – the Commons’ Reference Group on Representation and Inclusion’ made of up MPs – to lead on this agenda.

The Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons “I am delighted to launch Sarah’s report, along with my Parliamentary colleagues, which is the result of a great deal of work and extensive consultation with Members and staff. Not everyone will agree with every recommendation or suggested outcome, which is a condition of an independent report, but I am confident that my colleagues on the Commons Reference Group will scrutinise its contents very closely with a view to taking on board a good number of its suggestions.”

The Good Parliament Guide was lauched at the Houses of Parliament in July 2016.

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