Penny Mordaunt becomes first ever government minister to use British Sign Language in Parliament
Penny Mordaunt today became the first ever government minister to use British Sign Language in Parliament.
The Tory International Development Secretary announced a global disability conference to take place in London later this month.
She said: “On the 24th of July, we will hold a global disability conference here in London, organised by the UK Government, by the Kenya Government and by the International Disability Alliance.
“For too long in the world’s poorest countries, disabled people have not been able to reach their full potential because of stigma or not enough practical support.”
She added: “I am proud to be focused on this area which has been neglected for too long. The conference will support the global effort to advance disability inclusion for some countries’ most vulnerable people.”
MPs from across the house applauded as she completed her statement.
Speaker John Bercow responded by saying – and signing – “That is good news.”
While Ms Mordaunt is the first government minister, Labour’s Shadow Women and Equalities minister Dawn Butler was the first MP to use British Sign Language in the Commons in a debate in March last year.
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