Strictly Lib Dem

The Mirror have surveyed 160 MPs (proportions undisclosed) and found that our lot have the greatest yen to don dancing shoes and spangles and go on Strictly Come Dancing. 25% of the Lib Dems said they’d like to be asked to appear on the show, followed by 19% of Conservatives and just 11% of Labour MPs.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, younger MPs and female MPs were more likely to want to take part. But here’s a telling snippet: so were MPs with a lower majority – 23% of those with a majority of less than 10% would welcome Brucie’s call with open arms, as opposed 10% for those with a majority above 30%.

The results put me in mind of the last random party rankings to grace these virtual pages, on the more august subject of mathematics. The think tank Reform issued a short test at all three party conferences, and the averages scores across the parties were as follows:

Lib Dems              83%

Conservatives    71%

Labour                  65%

There’s a pattern here (of, er, two results – look, it’s Christmas, ok?) – Lib Dems are the bright spark keenies, Labour are the glum dunces and the Tories? Six out of ten from everyone except the generous Bruno, I’d say.

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  • I wonder whether MPs with bigger majorities are more likely to be older men. Anyone done the stats?

  • Alix Mortimer 20th Dec '08 - 10:44am

    Interesting, feel free to do them and write it up for LDV ;-). I imagine they are – on the basis that big majorities often follow from the same person being years in the seat ergo they’ll be older. And because long-standing MPs date from a time when there were fewer women MPs, they’ll be more likely to be men.

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