Creu Prydain Decach
11 January 2010
A spokesperson for the Commission said:
'Making parliament more diverse is essential, for our government should be truly representative of the people of Britain. We welcome the proposals for breaking down the barriers that stop people from getting into politics, and are pleased that some of our recommendations have been included in this report.'
'Discrimination has no place in parliament or in Britain. Putting in place a code of conduct for politicians is welcome, however, we’d like it to go further so that MPs also have a duty to foster good relations between different groups.'
'As MPs represent the public, we also want existing equality laws to be extended so that political parties are included along with other public bodies.'
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