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Conservative Party: Peers

Question for Cabinet Office

UIN HL12711, tabled on 28 January 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord True on 27 January (HL Deb, col 1600), what is the statistical basis for the statement that "the Conservative Party has been underrepresented in your Lordships’ House".

Answered on

11 February 2021

The Conservative voice is under-represented in the Lords and has been for some time. The Conservative Party has been the largest party in the 2010, 2015, 2017 and 2019 general elections. In the 2019 general election, Conservatives won 56 per cent of the seats. Yet the Conservative Party still only has 33 per cent of the seats in the Lords, a figure which has remained substantively unchanged despite that repeated pattern of strong electoral support.

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Cabinet Office