The parliamentary authorities should do far more to make the House of Commons accessible, according to a disabled MP who has faced a series of major barriers in his first weeks since being elected. Jared O’Mara, who has cerebral palsy, has had to rely on support from other Sheffield MPs to secure some of the adjustments he needs to do his job. But nearly a month into his new role, he is still having to miss some debates in the House of Commons chamber because he cannot stand for longer than five or 10 minutes and there have been no seats free. He told Disability News Service (DNS): “There has been a couple of times where I have not been able to get a seat and so I have not been able to attend. “The thing is with the Commons chamber, it is 650 MPs but there’s not 650 seats, so for busy events… there’s not enough seats for everybody. It’s ridiculous in this day and age.” He is full of praise for the speaker, John Bercow, who has given him permission to wear a tee shirt, and no tie,

Source: Disabled MP forced to miss Commons debates because he has nowhere to sit | DisabledGo News and Blog

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