Visiting academic Professor Sarah Childs launched her report, “The Good Parliament”, at an event on 20th July in the IPU Room in Parliament.
Professor Childs has been seconded to the House of Commons from the University of Bristol, where she teaches gender and politics since September 2015. Her report makes recommendations on how the House of Commons can meet the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s globally influential “Gender Sensitive Parliaments” framework.
The Speaker has convened the Commons Reference Group on Representation and Inclusion, which will examine the independent report with the aim of taking forward its recommendations. In its inaugural year, the Speaker will chair the Group, which will be cross-party and be comprised of both women and men.
The Speaker said:
“I am delighted to launch Sarah’s report, along with my Parliamentary colleagues, which is the result of a great deal of work and extensive consultation with Members and staff. Not everyone will agree with every recommendation or suggested outcome, which is a condition of an independent report, but I am confident that my colleagues on the Commons Reference Group will scrutinise its contents very closely with a view to taking on board a good number of its suggestions.”
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