Pareto Law was interested to read recently that figures from the Sutton Trust have shown that nine out of ten new MPs in the House of Commons are university graduates and 26% have degrees from either Oxford or Cambridge.
University graduates dominate the commons
The stats follow research the trust did earlier this year which focused on the educational backgrounds of prospective candidates to parliament.
The new research brief also highlights that nearly 50% of Conservative MPs went to public schools compared with 14% of Lib Dems, 5% of SNP MPs and 17% of Labour MPs. Overall, about a third of MPs in the new Commons are privately educated, compared to 7% of people in the country as a whole.
Some 19% of MPs went to state Grammar schools, which is down 5% from 5 years ago. MPs educated at state comprehensives now occupy 49% of the seats in the Commons. This represents an increase of 6% since 2010.
What has the study told us?
Of the 32% of MPs that went to private school, 10% of these went to Eton. The charity said that the figures show that a “big challenge still remains” so that “those from less privileged homes fulfil their potential.”
The data was based on the information from the schooling of 599 of the 650 MPs elected to the House of Commons last week. The study also found that Female MPs were 11% less likely to have been educated privately compared to their mail colleagues.
What did the charity have to say?
The Sutton Trust’s chief executive Lee Elliot Major said: “The make-up of the House of Commons may have changed a lot this week but the members of the new House show little change from those who preceded them in one significant respect: where they went to school and university.
“If Parliament is truly to represent the whole nation, the best people should be able to become MPs, regardless of social background.
“Today’s figures remind us how important it is that we do more to increase levels of social mobility and make sure that bright young people from low and middle income backgrounds have access to the best schools and the best universities.”
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