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Meet the 0.25 percent of Brits who will pick the next prime minister

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About 160,000 members of the Conservative Party who paid their annual due will decide the leader of the country next week.  That’s not a thin slice of the population, it’s a crumb — about 0.25 percent of the 66 million people in the United Kingdom, or about 0.35 percent of the total electorate.  And it’s an unrepresentative crumb, at that: dominated by white men who tend to be older and better off than your average Brit — and more insistent in their desire to leave the European Union.

“They’re consumed, if not obsessed, by Brexit,” said Tim Bale, a Politics Professor at Queen Mary University of London who has studied the party membership.

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