12 days of Fabian Christmas: Making our representatives more representative
As 2012 draws to a close, it's time to reflect on how Westminster might be able to make itself more representative of the population in the future. Hazel Blears MP explores a Westminster which, she says, people feel is divorced...
“It’s no coincidence that fewer people are interested in a politics that is dominated by people they cannot relate to, and a lack of working class candidates helps to explain why turnout is so low in many working class communities. The Hansard Society found that people feel more comfortable electing someone they think is like them, and the divide between the public and politicians is growing.”
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