This is a bit of a shocker.
The Tories are indicating that they\’re only going to get 200 seats at the next election.
Mr Herbert said: ‘A successful political party ought to look like the country it seeks to govern. If we were truly representative, we would have 99 women, 16 black or ethnic minority and ten gay MPs.’
Women are around 50% of the population, BME (horrible acronym I know) 8% and LGBT some 5% (on a very high estimate of the incidence in the population).
Given those proportions and those numbers, therefore they think they\’re going to get 200 seatss.
Has anyone told Samantha she\’ll not be measuring Number 10 up for new curtains this year?
As an aside, and first let me point out that I don\’t actually want to be a Tory MP, if I wanted to be a Tory MP that little statement wouldn\’t treally encourage me all that much.
Yes, it\’s true, middle aged heterosexual white (well, pinkish really) public school boys have traditionally found it easier to get into Parliament than those without that quinfecta of attributes. But that doesn\’t do all that much for those from this generation who might aspire, the deliberate aim of discriminating against such.