Women, disabled and older MPs face ‘discrimination’ when Commons returns

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Women, disabled and older MPs face ‘discrimination’ when Commons returns

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MPs “disenfranchised” by the government’s order to return to parliament would be able to sue on grounds of sex, age and disability discrimination in any other workplace, according to new legal advice.

Parliamentarians vulnerable to coronavirus – pregnant women, the over-70s, those with disabilities such as cerebral palsy or who suffer underlying health conditions – will lose out under the drive to return to work in person, a briefing note by Thomsons Solicitors warns.

Female MPs with particular childcare difficulties caused by the crisis are also likely to suffer discrimination under the plans.

The House of Commons is poised to return on Tuesday after its Whitsun recess, but without the remote voting and video participation in debates that were introduced at the height of the pandemic.

Click here to read the full article published by Huffington Post on 6 June 2020.

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