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Electing a more diverse Assembly

Receiving evidence

The Committee on Assembly Electoral Reform is undertaking an inquiry to examine the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform relating to voluntary and legislative measures to encourage the election of a more diverse Assembly, by:

*        Exploring whether political parties should be required to publish anonymised diversity information about their Assembly election candidates, and the practical implications to which this would give rise;

*        Considering the principles and the practical implications of the Panel's recommendation that legislative candidate gender quotas should be integrated into the Assembly's electoral system, and any voluntary steps parties could take to increase the diversity of their electoral candidates across the full range of protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010;

*        Examining issues relating to the Panel's recommendation that people should be allowed to stand for election on the basis of job sharing, including implications for democratic accountability and any practical considerations which would need to be addressed.

Evidence from the public

The Committee launched a consultation as part of its inquiry on 11 March 2020.

Visit the Committee’s Your Wales site to share your views.

Engagement activity

The Committee undertook a stakeholder event on 10 February 2020. note of the issues discussed will be published in due course.

Oral evidence

Evidence session

Date, agenda and minutes



1. Assembly Commission

Elin Jones AM, Llywydd

Manon Antoniazzi, Chief Executive and Clerk of the Assembly

Anna Daniel, Assembly Commission

Matthew Richards, Assembly Commission

2 December 2019

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2. Equality and Human Rights Commission in Wales

Ruth Coombs, Head of the Commission in Wales

13 January 2020

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3. Academics

Professor Rosie Campbell, Kings College London

Dr Nicole Martin, The University of Manchester

13 January 2020

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4. Remuneration Board

Dawn Primarolo, Chair of the Remuneration Board

Anna Daniel, Senior Advisor to the Remuneration Board

20 January 2020

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5. Welsh Government

Rebecca Evans AM, Minister for Finance and Trefnydd

Lisa James, Deputy Director, Local Government Democracy

Elaina Chamberlain, Head of Democracy, Diversity and Remuneration

27 January 2020

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6. Job-sharing opportunities for elected representatives

Professor Sarah Childs, Birkbeck, University of London

Councillor Mary Sherwood, City and County of Swansea Council

Dr bob Watt

3 February 2020

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Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

First published: 08/01/2020





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