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Commons Unreflective of Society, Says Sutton Trust

Magazine article Public Finance

Commons Unreflective of Society, Says Sutton Trust

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There has been an increase in the number of privately educated MPs in the newly elected Commons, leading to a profile that 'does not reflect society at large', according to research published this week.

Educational charity the Sutton Trust found that more than a third (35%) of the MPs ejected in last week's general election attended fee-paying schools, compared with 32% in the previous Parliament. This reverses the recent downward trend and compares with a national figure of just 7%.

Sir Peter Lampi, chair of the Sutton Trust said: 'These results show clearly that the educational profile of our representatives in the 2010 Parliament does not reflect society at large.'

The change is mainly due to the higher number of Conservative MPs. …

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