Trio Of MPs Expose Widespread Discrimination In House Of Commons

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.

 

Three MPs – two of whom have long-term health conditions – have exposed the widespread discrimination faced by disabled MPs due to outdated House of Commons rules, both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 100 “very high risk” MPs are currently “excluded” from taking part in debates and examining legislation because of the failure to make reasonable adjustments for them during the pandemic, according to one of the three MPs.

The trio – Liberal Democrat deputy leader Daisy Cooper (pictured, centre), Labour’s Rachael Maskell (left) and the SNP’s Dr Philippa Whitford (right) – also highlighted some of the many discriminatory Commons practices that pre-date the COVID-19 crisis.

 

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