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The Speaker's Conference was convened on 12 November 2008 to consider 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 worked through 2009 collecting evidence and published its final report in January 2010.
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More must be done to prevent discrimination, says Speaker's Conference final report
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The Government has set up the Access to Elected Office Fund in response to Conference recommendation 35. The fund offers individual grants of between £250 and £20,000 to disabled people who want to be selected as candidates for an election, or who are standing for election. The current fund will run until March 2015.