Actors rehearsing Upper Cut
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Fight for diversity in the Commons played out on stage

A new play has opened in London, exploring the issue of diversity in the House of Commons and the case for allowing all-black shortlists for parliamentary elections.

With 12.9% of the UK population describing themselves as being from a non-white background, MPs have some way to go - only 4.2%, or 27 of them are from a black or minority ethnic group.

Inspired by real-life political events, Upper Cut - written by Juliet Gilkes Romero - tells the story of the fight for black representation; from the general election of 1987 to today's coalition politics.

Gary Connor reports.