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The UK general election took place on Thursday 4 July 2024. The new Parliament met on Tuesday 9 July 2024 for the election of the Speaker and swearing-in of MPs and Lords. The State Opening of Parliament and The King’s Speech will take place on Wednesday 17 July 2024.

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Workplace Equality Networks

The House of Lords, House of Commons and Parliamentary Digital Service have established Workplace Equality Networks (WENs).

WENs provide a valuable perspective on inclusion and diversity topics, as well as a safe space for ideas to be discussed and issues to be raised. They also host events, networking opportunities and awareness raising activities. WENs are volunteer led groups, all of which are open to all parliamentary pass holders to join.

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"Our vision is a workplace that is accessible, inclusive and innovative, enabling Parliament to support democracy by being representative, fair and relevant."

WENs are open to all pass holders in the Commons, Lords, Parliamentary Digital Service, contractors employed by Parliament, MPs, Lords and their staff. Membership is not restricted to people who share a protected characteristic relating to these WENs but those involved are required to respect the aims of the Networks.

ParliAble
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ParliAble is a Workplace Equality Network (WEN) in support of disabled people in Parliament. It is open to both those who consider themselves to have a disability and those who have an interest in supporting disabled people.

ParliCARE
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ParliCare is a Workplace Equality Network (WEN) which aims to raise awareness of and support for all staff and Members of both Houses of Parliament with caring challenges.

ParliGender
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ParliGENDER is the Workplace Equality Network (WEN) for gender equality in Parliament.

ParliON
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ParliON promotes inclusion and equality of opportunity across Parliament, and raises awareness of issues around socio-economic inclusion. We aim to create a supportive and inclusive environment for all staff, whatever their socio-economic background.

ParliOut
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ParliOUT is a Workplace Equality Network (WEN) in support of LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people in Parliament.

ParliREACH
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ParliREACH is a Workplace Equality Network (WEN) in support of increasing awareness and appreciation of race, ethnicity and cultural heritage issues in Parliament.

Contact the Equality Networks

Email addresses for the six Workplace Equality Networks (WENs)

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