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Ethnic minorities under represented in British parliament

The election of Barack Obama has started a debate in The UK about whether a black candidate could be elected here. This debate has also raised the question of representation of ethnic minorities in the British parliament.

For what it’s worth, I did a bit of research to try to figure out if the number of ethnic minority MPs in the House of Commons is representative of the population as a whole.

Unsurprisingly I do not have my own statistics and so I searched the web and found ethnic Population statistics for the UK from 2001 on http://www.statistics.gov.uk here  and an ethnic breakdown of the British Parliament from 2005 on parliament.uk  here

My research showed that ethnic minorities are under represented. I have tabulated the results below.

 

Ethnic group

Population

%

MPs

%

White

54,153,898.00

92.11%

631

97.68%

 

 

 

 

 

Mixed

677,117.00

1.15%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inidan

1,053,411.00

1.79%

 

 

Pakistani

747,285.00

1.27%

 

 

Bangladeshi

283,062.00

0.48%

 

 

Other Sian

247,664.00

0.42%

 

 

All Asian or Asian British

2,331,423.00

3.97%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Caribbean

656,876.00

1.12%

 

 

Black African

485,277.00

0.83%

 

 

Black other

97,585.00

0.17%

 

 

All Black or Black British

1,148,738.00

1.95%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chinese

247,403.00

0.42%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Ethnic groups

230,615.00

0.39%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All minority ethnic population

4,635,296.00

7.88%

15

2.32%

 

 

 

 

 

All population

58,789,194.00

100%

646

100%

 

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