Encourage

You can encourage constituents from a wide range of occupations and backgrounds to put themselves forward as candidates for preselection and election.

At the moment MPs come from a very narrow range of occupations and backgrounds. A disproportionate number are men, and people from many ethnic backgrounds are underrepresented. Talented, experienced and community-minded citizens are often reluctant to put themselves forward because of the low regard that voters have for politicians as a profession. But this can be a vicious circle, and unless people of ability and reputation are encouraged to step forward in greater numbers the standard of candidates and public regard for politicians may not improve.

Here are some suggestions for making this happen: