On the 7th of May 2015 the electorate will decide who governs Britain for the next 5 years; most public attention will be directed at which party, or parties, win enough seats to make up a governing majority. However, when voters select their preferred candidates they are also indirectly deciding the demographic profile of the House of Commons. It is well known that parliament is disproportionately middle class, white and male.
There is also a commonly held view that today’s MPs have had little previous contact with the outside world compared to earlier generations. The perception is that more and more MPs enter the Commons at a relatively young age without previously holding down a job outside of a narrow set of overtly political roles (working as MPs’ researchers, special advisors, for think tanks, etc). In this series of blogs on candidate selections in the seats most likely to change hands in 2015, we identify what changes there are likely to be in the socio-demographic profile of our political class.
As of 20th of May 2014 the three main parties had selected 169 candidates in these seats.
Figures are correct as of 20 May.