Brown, Cameron and Clegg to be questioned by MPs

13 October 2009

MPs on the Speaker’s Conference will be questioning Gordon Brown MP, David Cameron MP and Nick Clegg MP in their capacity as party leaders on Tuesday 20 October at 10.30am.

The meeting will take place in the Boothroyd Room in Portcullis House and will last for one hour.

The Speaker’s Conference is a special committee established by the House of Commons 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".

This meeting follows the publication of the Speaker’s Conference Interim Report in July and an earlier meeting on 21 April when representatives of the three main political parties gave evidence regarding the parties’ processes for selecting Parliamentary Candidates.

The session will be open to members of the press with Houses of Parliament passes and to other full Parliamentary pass holders.

The session will be broadcast live on

A web forum will be running during the meeting and until Monday 26 October to give the public the opportunity to comment on the meeting.

An uncorrected transcript of the hearing will be available online as soon as possible after the evidence session.

The Speaker’s Conference was established by the House of Commons to look into the reasons why there are not more women, disabled people and people from ethnic minority communities in the House of Commons. It has to:

  • identify any particular difficulties people in these groups face in becoming Members of Parliament,
  • to recommend ways of supporting them; and
  • to recommend ways of tackling those barriers to their success.

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