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"Are we talking about North England MPs who were parachuted into safe constituencies from the South East"?

To some extent. An example is Alan Johnson who is a Londoner, with a constituency in Hull, East Yorkshire. Shaun Woodward has a large estate in Oxfordshire (when he was a Conservative he represented the same South East region seat David Cameron now holds).

I imagine a Conservative cabinet would probably show some bias to southern and eastern England. I have not done the exercise, but I remember there was some comment about the number of Cambridgeshire and East Anglian MPs in John Major's cabinet.

Extending the analysis to where the MPs really come from would be quite difficult. In any event most of them live in London, most of the time.

by Gary J on Mon Jul 2nd, 2007 at 10:59:10 AM EST
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I recently read a pre-First World War book on proportional representation. One of the points the author made, discussing the effect of introducing proportional representation in Belgium, was that leading politicians who had formerly had to move to represent areas favourable to their party so as to be in Parliament; could now return and be elected from their home districts.
by Gary J on Mon Jul 2nd, 2007 at 11:05:18 AM EST
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Oh, great.

Politicians who don't even have to pretend to give a damn about the people they represent...

by Sassafras on Tue Jul 3rd, 2007 at 04:07:11 PM EST
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