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One of the reasons I stood was to show others that BAME working class women can be recognised as experts and leaders, not just activists. And to test out if fellow MPs agreed. I didn’t break my own glass ceiling yesterday, but someone else will soon. 2/12
But that’s not what this thread is about. Today, I took a step back, and with my team I crunched some numbers. All 28 Committee Chairs have now been elected. We took a look at diversity, using data on MPs reported by the BBC, and here’s what we found. 3/12
Gender next. 33.8% (220 of 650) MPs are female, but just 28.6% - only 8 out of 28 – of the newly elected Committee Chairs are female. We didn’t have time to get accurate numbers on private school education or Oxbridge education, but hopefully someone will. 5/12
But here’s where it gets bad. 10% (65 of 650) MPs are Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME). That’s 65 highly qualified, knowledgeable Members of Parliament who colleagues could push to run, or elect. Yet not a single one of the 28 new Committee Chairs is BAME. 6/12
For my part, I’ve also had MPs – Labour, as well as Tories – confuse me with black colleagues, who look quite different. And national newspapers used pictures of Fiona Onasanya for stories about me. Racism isn’t new. But it’s complicated, and often unconscious. 9/12