Ethnic Minorities in Politics and Government

Published Friday, January 24, 2014

Following the 2010 General Election there were 27 black and minority ethnic MPs, 12 more than before the election, but they make up only 4.2% of all MPs. Therefore the Commons remains disproportionate compared to 12.9% of the UK population from a non-white background.

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The 2011 Census showed 12.9% of the UK population reporting a non-white background. This compares with 8% ten years earlier. However, despite an increase of 15 minority ethnic MPs between the 2001 and 2010 general elections, the ethnic diversity of MPs remains disproportionate to the population as a whole. There are currently 27 minority ethnic MPs in the House of Commons; 4.2% of the total.

Commons Briefing papers SN01156

Authors: Jonathan Wood; Richard Cracknell

Topics: Ethnic groups, House of Commons, House of Lords, Members of Parliament, Parliament

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