The Constitution Unit


Representation in Britain

18 June 2018, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

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Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster, London SW1A 0AA

Drawing on a four-year ESRC funded study of parliamentary candidates standing in the 2015 and 2017 general elections, this event shares research and insights into key questions around selection, campaigning, election and representation in Britain. Who are our parliamentary candidates? What motivates them to stand? How much does it cost to run? Are they representative of the constituents they serve?


  • Introduction, overview and key findings - Professor Rosie Campbell (Birkbeck)
  • Research insights from team members - 'More than a nuisance: Candidates' experiences of harassment during the 2017 General Election' (Dr Sofia Collignon Delmar, Royal Holloway); 'Do disabled candidates represent disabled citizens?' (Dr Stefanie Reher, Strathclyde); 'It's mostly about perceptions: Localness and localism in UK general elections' (Dr Javier Sajuria, Queen Mary); and 'How is the sausage made? Why are ethnic minority MPs representating ethnic minority voters?' (Dr Maria Sobolewska, Manchester)
  • Report response - Lord Hayward (Conservative Party)
  • Chair - Dr Jennifer Hudson (UCL)

The Representative Audit of Britain is funded by the Economic Social and Research Council. The research team includes academics across eight British universities:

Professor Rosie Campbell (Birkbeck), Dr Jennifer Hudson (UCL), Dr Wolfgang Rüdig (Strathclyde), Dr Peter Allen (Bath), Professor Sarah Childs (Birkbeck), Dr Sofia Collignon Delmar (Royal Holloway), Dr Chrysa Lamprinakou (Birkbeck), Professor Joni Lovenduksi (Birkbeck), Dr Caitlin Milazzo (Nottingham), Dr Javier Sajuria (Queen Mary) & Dr Maria Sobolewska (Manchester)

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