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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Women MPs more loyal than men.

Women MPs were in a small minority in the House of Commons for most of the last century and still make up less than a quarter of MPs.  


In my study of defecting MPs and former MPs over the last century, women made up 3.4% of the loyal MPs, but only accounted for 1% of the defectors.

This evidence may provide a new incentive for parties to try and speed up the increase in their proportion of female MPs, as women seem to remain more loyal to their party than men do.

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