Speaker's Conference (on Parliamentary
On 12 November 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 has been 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".
It may also consider other associated matters.
The Speaker's Conference has until the end of the Parliament to
conduct its inquiries.
Under the leadership of the Speaker, Rt Hon John Bercow MP,
the membership of the Conference is:
Miss Anne Begg MP (Labour, Aberdeen South) (Vice-Chairman)
Ms Diane Abbott MP (Labour, Hackney North & Stoke Newington)
Mr David Blunkett MP (Labour, Sheffield, Brightside)
Angela Browning MP (Conservative, Tiverton & Honiton)
Mr Ronnie Campbell MP (Labour, Blyth Valley)
Mrs Ann Cryer MP (Labour, Keighley)
Mr Parmjit Dhanda MP (Labour, Gloucester)
Andrew George MP (Liberal Democrats, St Ives)
Miss Julie Kirkbride MP (Conservative, Bromsgrove)
Dr William McCrea MP (Democratic Unionist, South Antrim)
David Maclean MP (Conservative, Penrith & The Border)
Fiona Mactaggart MP (Labour, Slough)
Mr Khalid Mahmood MP (Labour, Birmingham, Perry Barr)
Anne Main MP (Conservative, St Albans)
Jo Swinson MP (Liberal Democrat, East Dunbartonshire)
Mrs Betty Williams MP (Labour, Conwy)
The Reports and evidence of the Speaker's Conference are published
by The Stationery Office by Order of the House. All publications
of the Conference (including press notices) are on the Internet
A list of Reports of the Conference in the present Parliament
is at the back of this volume.
The current staff of the Conference are Mrs Elizabeth Hunt
(Joint Secretary), Mr Paul Zimmermann (Joint Secretary), Mr Philip
Aylett (Adviser), Ms Laura Kibby (Media Officer), Miss Emma Sawyer
(Senior Committee Assistant) and Mr Ian Blair (Committee Assistant).
The following were appointed as Specialist Advisers to the
Conference: Dr Sarah Childs (University of Bristol), Lorraine
Gradwell MBE (Chief Executive, Breakthrough UK), Professor Shamit
Saggar (University of Sussex) and Professor Paul Whiteley (University
All correspondence should be addressed to the Joint Secretaries
of the Speaker's Conference, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London
SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for general enquiries is 020 7219
0654; the Conference's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org