Parties and Politicians
Welcome to Parliamentary Candidates UK, a new resource
for academics, political parties, journalists, politicians,
lobbyists, and members of the public interested in representation and the UK
political class. Visit our project website at http://www.parliamentarycandidates.org.
Our motivation for this project emerges from a widely held belief among the British public that the political class—the parties and politicians who represent us—are in increasingly out of touch, insular and unable to understand the lives and concerns of the ordinary British citizen. Some recent evidence suggests that politicians are increasingly drawn from a narrowing middle class—a privileged class—despite significant efforts at increasing the descriptive representation of elected representatives. We want to know, is it true? How has the political class changed over time, if at all?
This site provides detailed data and analysis of parliamentary candidates/MPs for the 2015 general election and retrospectively for general elections since 1945-2010. We use this data to answer questions we think are important and interesting:
? How has the socio-economic profile of parliamentary candidates and MPs changed overtime?
? Do the people who represent us, really represent us?
? Does race/ethnicity or sex influence candidate selection?
? Are candidates ‘quality’ candidates?
? How do social characteristics affect career trajectory?
The data and information provided are free, so please use them! And, because we’d like to know ‘how much’ the data is being used, please cite our work as appropriate. We are collecting the data at the individual/constituency level and therefore can be linked to a number of other useful datasets. If you are interested in linking to our dataset, let us know.
Our project is just under way. Check back soon for data and publications arising.
We welcome all enquires and/or comments. Please contact any of the team using the details below:
Marco Morucci & Sally Symington
Position: Research Interns
Building: University College London, 29-31 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9QU
Visit our project website at http://www.parliamentarycandidates.org