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E-Petition Aims to Increase Participation of Persons with Disabilities in Political Life in the UK

Disability Politics UK have initiated an e-petition aimed at increasing the number of disabled MPs in the United Kingdom.  The e-petition “Allow MPs to serve on a job share basis” has now been published.  See here.

The e-petition reads as follows:
“We the undersigned recognise that for some disabled people (and others), a main barrier to being able to participate in public and political life is that it is not currently possible to job share as a Member of Parliament therefore we ask that the law be changed to allow MPs to serve on a job share basis.”
The underrepresentation of persons with disabilities in political life is well acknowledged.  Article 29 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities deals with participation of persons with disabilities in political and public life and places obligations on State Parties to the Convention to facilitate greater political participation of persons with disabilities.

You can sign the petition here.

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