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Regional Representation in the House of Lords

Published Thursday, July 14, 2016

This House of Lords Library briefing provides an analysis of Members’ registered address locations from the January 2016 expenses data and provides an indicative picture of the regional breakdown of the House of Lords. Data is also provided from August 2013 and September 2011 for comparative purposes.

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Of those Members who elected to have the broad location of their registered addresses (county or equivalent) included in the expenses claims data published on Parliament’s website:

  • 45.5 percent were in London or the South East of England
  • 9.6 percent were in Scotland
  • 3.1 percent were in Wales
  • 3.0 percent were in Northern Ireland
  • 0.7 percent were overseas

Of the remaining English regions percentages were as follows:

  • East of England, 9.3 percent
  • South West, 8.6 percent
  • Yorkshire and the Humber, 5.5 percent
  • North West, 5.1 percent
  • West Midlands, 4.5 percent
  • North East, 2.8 percent
  • East Midlands, 2.3 percent

This House of Lords Library briefing provides statistics relating to the regions with which current Members have connections. It does this by presenting information about the regions of Members’ registered addresses, as recorded in the expenses system, and also by looking at regions represented by former MPs and MEPs, members of the devolved legislatures and local councillors. It provides a comparison with data for 2011 and 2013 to give an indication of trends in regional representation.

Lords Library notes LLN-2016-0038

Author: Charley Coleman

Topic: House of Lords

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