Think tank: one in four new MPs will be a career politician
A quarter of new MPs after the general election are likely to be career politicians with little experience of business, public service or the professions, new research suggests.
Analysis of the backgrounds of 782 candidates selected by the three main parties to fight seats at the general election, which must be held within 10 months, also shows that only a third have had any experience of business.
One in four can be described as a “career politician,” having had paid employment working in Parliament, or worked as an adviser to a senior politician whether as an employee or volunteer.
The research by the New Local Government Network think tank using biographical information provided by the candidates and their parties shows that only 11.7 per cent of candidates have worked in the public services, including 2.6 per cent in health care.