Public sector must “lead the way” in ending discrimination

May 13, 2009 at 11:31 am Leave a comment

by ePolitix

Dods reports on the opening statements from the Equality Bill second reading debate, in which the government calls on the public sector to ‘lead’ on equalities.

Harriet Harman today called on the public sector to “lead the way” in abolishing discrimination, as she spoke during the second reading debate of the Equality Bill in the Commons.

The minister for women and equality told MPs that the legislation would seek to create equal representation for women in public life, as well as increasing the number of black and Asian people in political life.

Political parties must address lack of black and Asian candidates in political life, Harman stated.

Labour has four times the number of black and Asian MPs compared with the other parties, she said.

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