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Petition: making Parliamentary debates inclusive

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Last updated 10th April, 2024.

STAMMA and others have launched a petition on this.

Parliament building, Westminster, London

STAMMA (the British Stammering Association) and others have launched a petition urging the parliamentary authorities and Government, working with political parties, to consider how to make Parliamentary debates an inclusive environment for those who communicate differently.

This would be by changing procedures, and modelling behaviours where all members are treated with respect.

You can sign the petition at Review how to make Parliamentary debates inclusive of communication difference (petition.parliament.uk).

The petition says the way Parliamentary debates are conducted creates a febrile environment where people who communicate differently fear they’ll get ripped to shreds.

A parliamentary candidate withdrew his candidacy because of the abuse he received from political colleagues related to his stammer: see Disability hate crimes.

People face these issues across society, says the petition, and it needs to change. “Parliament can lead that process of change by itself being inclusive and welcoming of people with communication differences.”

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