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.Jump to full report >>
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
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