Religious break-down of Parliament revealed

25th Sep 2015
Religious break-down of Parliament revealed

Nadia Osman

Around 11 percent of members in the 2015 Parliament identify themselves as Catholics, slightly more than the population at large, according to research by The Tablet.

The findings of the Catholic weekly newspaper indicates that 72 of 646 members are Catholic, a slight drop from the 83 that were counted in 2010.

Of the 79 MPs who identify as Catholic, 38 are Labour, 33 Conservative, four are SNP, two are Liberal Democrats, and one is from the SDLP.

According to The Muslim News, there are 13 Muslim MPs [up from 8 in 2010] constituting 2 percent of the Parliament, meaning the Muslim population is under-represented by 50 percent.

There are currently 17 Jewish MPS [down from 24 in 2010] constituting 2.6 percent of the Commons, according to the 2011 census 263,346 people [0.4%] identified themselves as Jewish population.

For the first time since 1992, there are no Sikh MPs.

Whilst a total of 20 Sikh candidates (six Conservative, five Labour, five UKIP, two Lib Dems, one Green and one National Liberal Party) stood to become MPs, not a single Sikh MP was elected in this General Election.

1.2 percent [8] of Parliamentarians’ identify themselves as Hindu a very close representation of the Hindu [1.5 per cent] population at large.

 

[Photo: House of Commons. Wikimedia Commons/Carlesman]

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