In 2008 The House of Commons agreed to establish a new committee, to be chaired by the Speaker and known as the Speaker’s Conference. The Conference was asked to: “consider, and make recommendations for rectifying, the disparity between the representation of women, ethnic minorities and disabled people in the House of Commons and their representation in the UK population at large”.
One of the Conference’s recommendations in January 2010, was that following the 2010 and subsequent General Elections the political parties should publish a statement on the diversity of their Members of Parliament. Three General Elections on, this has not happened. So what did the 2015 General Election mean for the diversity profile of MPs?
A new Briefing Paper from the Commons Library has some of the data to answer this question.