Race/ethnicity and representation: A brief look at candidate selection in the 2015 General Election

July 16, 2014 / No Comments

The first MP from an ethnic minority background was elected in 1892. Since then, however, little progress has been made toward increasing the number of Black Minority Ethnic (BME) MPs. Such little ...

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Women candidates

May 27, 2014 / No Comments

In May 2010 143 women were elected to sit in the House of Commons, making up 22% of the total. There was considerable variation in the representation of women among the political parties. The parli...

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Candidates standing for election in 2015 in Britain’s 100 most marginal constituencies (excluding Northern Ireland)

May 27, 2014 / No Comments

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 governin...

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This Ludicrous Obsession, Parents in Parliament: The Motherhood Trap

April 1, 2014 / No Comments

Men’s over-representation and women’s under-representation in the UK Parliament is pretty well known, even if the public sometimes over-estimates just how many women MPs there are, beda...

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Project papers

March 21, 2014 / No Comments

Our project is just under way. Check back soon for data and publications arising.

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Data download

March 21, 2014 / No Comments

Datasets for the project will be published  as follows: We will publish the 2015 candidates/MPs dataset in October 2015. The retrospective dataset (1945-2010) will be published in December 2016. We...

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