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Parliament is still too white and too male

Spot the difference. All Oxbridge. All posh.

This Parliament sees an increase in the number of MPs from ethnic minority backgrounds from 14 to 27. This is still unrepresentative of the UK population but is a considerable improvement on recent years.

In numbers
8 per cent of the UK is of a black or minority ethnic (BME) background
4.6 per cent of the 2010 intake has a BME background
2 per cent of the 1997 intake had a BME background

11 Conservative MPs have a BME background
13 Labour MPs have a BME background
0 Liberal Democrats have a BME background

Dr. Krishna Sarda, CEO of the Ethnic Minority Foundation (EMF), welcomed the increase in the number of MPs from BME backgrounds. He told Total Politics: “It represents significant progress comparatively to 2005. Since 1997 there have been a number of key milestones for BME communities in politics.”

Dr Sarda credits the Labour Party for the initial progress made, pointing to a number of firsts since 1997: the first Muslim MP, first black cabinet minister, first black leader of the Lords, first black and female Attorney General, first Asian and Muslim minister to attend cabinet, first Asian minister in the Commons and first black female minister in the Commons.

There are a number of firsts in this Parliament too, including the election of the first female Muslim MPs (three, and all Labour), the first black female Conservative MP (Helen Grant), the first Asian female Conservative MP (Priti Patel) and the first African female MP (Labour’s Chinyelu Onwurah).


There are still not enough women in Parliament. Just 22% are now women.   The Conservatives doubled their proportion of women MP’s to 17%, which is still too low (and is the same proportion of women in the US Senate).

Labour has done a good job making the Commons more reflective of the Country as a whole, as have the Conservatives. The Liberal Democrats have not even made a start, they have no ethnic minority MP’s at all.

  1. Obotinchief
    May 21, 2010 at 1:39 am

    off topic but me thinks you need to do an article slamming Candice Britton for using hillcrap tactics and listing your personal info online on that blog. I’m just sayin….

    • May 24, 2010 at 11:47 pm

      Sorry I have not been blogging in the last week, I was back on contract. As is stands I have made a polite request to Candice Britt Britton (aka pumacraig) to cease and desist spreading libelous accusations and I have also pointed out that she is in breach of cyber bullying laws. I fully intend to seek further action should she continue.

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