Parliament member numbers fall short

The first ever disabled people’s parliament meeting this week will
be made up of fewer than half of the hoped for number of members
due to a lack of funding.

Around 70 people have been elected to become members of the
parliament despite the hopes of the organisers, the British Council
of Disabled People, for 180.

BCODP chief executive Andy Rickell said that a lack of funds meant
that the council had not been able to publicise the parliament as
much as it had wanted, and that in most cases it had not been able
to pay the expenses of those taking part. This had restricted the
number of people able to get involved.

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