Does it matter how young or old an MP is?

That’s the question posed by a request HarperCollins are making of Parliamentary candidates. In the name of putting together a book aimed at encouraging first time voters to vote , the book publishers are asking for year of birth.

Now, for most candidates that’s not exactly a secret and is already in plenty of places. But it does prompt the question: does it matter when an MP or candidate was born?

Is age a useful indicator of experience or how good an MP would be at representing people of different ages?

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  • In my twenties I think I would have been too inexperienced to have been an MP: no partner or kids, no regular job or income, living at home with my parents. In my thirties I was too busy trying to build a business and keep a roof over my head. In my forties I had children to look after, and I don’t think it’s fair either to one’s children or one’s partner to be away from home most weeks, or to have to put up with the hours that most MPs have to work. In my fifties my children still needed me to be around, and in my sixties I just don’t think I’ve got the energy and drive that’s necessary to do a job as demanding as being an MP. Bit of a problem then…

  • Martin Land 4th Mar '10 - 8:26am

    MatGB: An old chestnut. The role of Parliament is to represent people not be representative of them. I suspect most MP’s are more aware of new technologies than the general population too. Because each new technology has it’s fans in the house. I’d bet more MPs asa percentage are on Facebook, Twitter, the web, etc. than the general population.

  • Antony Hook 5th Mar '10 - 1:18am

    I would be as worried by a House of Commons drawn mainly from one narrow age group as I would be by one drawn mainly from one gender or disproprtionately from one ethnicity.

    To be honest while the lack of disabled people, women, and ethnic minorities in the House of Commons worries me, the lack of liberal relative to the proporiton of the electorate with liberal views worries me infintely more.

  • Antony Hook 5th Mar '10 - 1:26am

    Women are better represented now in the HoC than ever before. But given a hypothetical choice between the having the 2005 Parliament and the 1906 Parliament (the last one with a Liberal majority) we would surely all pick the latter?

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