The Politicians We Deserve

Peter Snow examines the forces that influence the type of people who seek election as MPs, from the party discipline that discourages talented but independent-minded individuals to the alleged prejudices which may affect the selection of candidates.

Many commentators claim there has been an acute shortage of talent in recent parliaments, which have also been unrepresentative of British society as a whole.

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Peter Snow examines the forces that influence the type of people who seek election as MPs, from the party discipline that discourages talented but independent-minded individuals to the alleged prejudices which may affect the selection of candidates.

Many commentators claim there has been an acute shortage of talent in recent parliaments, which have also been unrepresentative of British society as a whole.