The Labour Party’s election manifesto for the 2005 General Election had included a commitment to introducing an Equality Bill to reform, simplify and modernise discrimination and equality law.

The Discrimination Law Review was set up in February 2005 to consider how it might be streamlined, and made clearer and more effective.

In June 2007 it published its consultation document A Framework for Fairness: Proposals for an Equality Bill for Great Britain