Speaker's Conference (on Parliamentary Representation)
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)
Ms Diane Abbott MP (Labour, Hackney North &
Mr David Blunkett MP (Labour, Sheffield, Brightside)
Angela Browning MP (Conservative, Tiverton &
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
David Maclean MP (Conservative, Penrith &
Fiona Mactaggart MP (Labour, Slough)
Mr Khalid Mahmood MP (Labour, Birmingham, Perry
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 Committee (including press notices) are
on the Internet at www.parliament.uk/speakersconference.
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
The following were appointed as Specialist Advisers
to the Conference: Professor Sarah Childs (University of Bristol),
Lorraine Gradwell MBE (Chief Executive, Breakthrough UK), Professor
Shamit Saggar (University of Sussex) and Professor Paul Whiteley
(University of Essex).
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.