Tom Brake urges constituents to apply for Speaker’s Parliamentary Placements scheme

June 17, 2011 11:31 AM

Local MP Tom Brake is encouraging young people in Carshalton and Wallington to apply for a new scheme designed to widen opportunities for people of different backgrounds in politics. Studies in recent years have shown that the creation of a host of unpaid internship positions are making politics only accessible to the wealthy or those based in London.

The Speaker's Parliamentary Placements scheme, launched last week, is a cross-party project created by Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson, Conservative MP Eric Ollerenshaw and Labour MP Hazel Blears and is aiming to address these issues by offering twelve people the opportunity and support to complete a paid internship in Parliament.

The scheme hopes to attract people from disadvantaged and diverse backgrounds, in a bid to make Parliament more inclusive and open.

Tom said: "I am delighted to see the launch of the Speaker's Parliamentary Placements scheme. It is a great programme that will open up internships in Parliament to people from different backgrounds, and takes an important first step in making our politics more representative of the British people. I hope that people across Carshalton and Wallington who are passionate about politics will consider applying."

Applications can be made on the Social Mobility Foundation's website at

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