Members of Parliament were asked to show their support for Face Equality

36 MPs sign Face Equality Pledge

contentimage_image845A month-long campaign by Changing Faces in the run up to the general election on 7 May resulted in more than 200 parliamentary candidates signing the Face Equality Pledge, which states: “I am committed to Face Equality and will challenge discrimination against people with disfigurements”.

Changing Faces wants to see the campaign for Face Equality have a bigger impact in the new Parliament, challenging attitudes and changing lives for people living with a mark, scar or condition that affects their appearance. We asked all candidates in the General Election to sign our Face Equality Pledge, and urged our supporters to contact their local candidates to ask them to sign.

A total of 36 MPs signed the Pledge, including former Cabinet minister Ben Bradshaw, and Green Party leader Caroline Lucas. Thirteen Scottish National Party MPs and one Plaid Cymru MP also gave their support.

Henrietta Spalding, Head of Advocacy at Changing Faces, said that the results were encouraging:

Face Equality is all about transforming public attitudes. We know that 9 out of 10 people hold negative attitudes towards people who have disfigurements, and the impact of this can be devastating. It is not acceptable that 43% of people with a disfigurement in one survey said that they hadn’t applied for a job for fear that their face wouldn’t fit, and achieving Face Equality is about schools, workplaces and our everyday lives: it’s about everyone being confident that they will be treated fairly and equitably.

We’d like to express our gratitude to all those candidates who signed the Pledge, and to our supporters for their help in the campaign. We have a great starting point for our public affairs work in this Parliament, and we’ll be targeting and approaching all other parliamentarians in the months ahead.

The full list of MPs who’ve signed the Pledge

  • Dave Anderson (Blaydon, Labour)
  • Victoria Borwick (Kensington, Conservative)
  • Ben Bradshaw (Exeter, Labour)
  • Lisa Cameron (East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow, SNP)
  • Sarah Champion (Rotherham, Labour)
  • Douglas Chapman (Dunfermline & West Fife, SNP)
  • Martin Docherty (West Dunbartonshire, SNP)
  • Jeffrey Donaldson (Lagan Valley, DUP)
  • Peter Dowd (Bootle, Labour)
  • Flick Drummond (Portsmouth South, Conservative)
  • Marion Fellowes (Motherwell & Wishaw, SNP)
  • Suella Fernandes (Fareham, Conservative)
  • Vicky Foxcroft (Lewisham Deptford, Labour)
  • Patricia Gibson (North Ayrshire & Arran, SNP)
  • Peter Grant (Glenrothes, SNP)
  • Lilian Greenwood (Nottingham South, Labour)
  • Kate Hoey (Vauxhall, Labour)
  • Barbara Keeley (Worsley & Eccles South, Labour)
  • Calum Kerr (Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk, SNP)
  • Chris Law (Dundee West, SNP)
  • Caroline Lucas (Brighton Pavilion,Green)
  • Stewart Macdonald (Glasgow South, SNP)
  • Stuart McDonald (Cumbernauld, Kilsyth & Kirkintilloch East, SNP)
  • John Nicolson (East Dunbartonshire, SNP)
  • Caroline Nokes (Romsey & Southampton North, Conservative)
  • Kirsten Oswald (East Renfrewshire, SNP)
  • Angela Rayner (Ashton under Lyne, Labour)
  • Tulip Siddiq (Hampstead & Kilburn, Labour)
  • Andrew Smith (Oxford East, Labour)
  • Henry Smith (Crawley, Conservative)
  • Tim Thomas (Ogmore, Labour)
  • Eilidh Whiteford, (Banff & Buchan, SNP)
  • Craig Williams (Cardiff North, Conservative)
  • Hywel Williams (Arfon, Plaid Cymru)
  • Mike Wood (Dudley South, Conservative)
  • Daniel Zeichner (Cambridge, Labour)

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