School of Politics and International Relations

Fewer than 160,000 people will select the next UK prime minister. Who are they?

20 June 2019

The Conservative party doesn’t release detailed demographics of its membership base. But insight can be gained from The Party Members Project (PMP), a research initiative by Queen Mary University of London and the University of Sussex. The project’s research has found that Conservative party members are markedly less diverse than the UK population. Some 97 per cent of the party’s members are white—compared to 86 per cent of the UK population—according to the project’s Tim Bale, a Politics Professor at Queen Mary. That’s not all that different from other UK parties, whose members are over 95 per cent white, Bale explains.

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Professor Bale also spoke to Metro and BBC World at One (26:45) about Boris Johnson and conservative leadership