• 20% more prospective parliamentary candidates (PPCs) have business, management or financial services (BMFS) experience (48%) compared to standing MPs (28%).
• Twice as many PPCs (14%) have BMFS experience of over 15 years when compared with current MPs (7%).
• Conservative PPCs have more than twice as much (58%) BMFS experience compared to their Labour counterparts (24%), who in turn have less BMFS experience than the Liberal Democrats (36%).
• More PPCs work in business management or financial services roles than any other employment sector (37%). Over half of the Conservative PPCs studied work in this sector (52%). Roughly a quarter of Labour and the Liberal Democrats PPCs are currently employed in these sectors (23% and 26% respectively).
• 17% of PPCs currently work in politics, public affairs or public relations.
Actually, 17% is quite a lot, but let's not dwell on that, because I think the other figures are actually very encouraging. We need people in politics with real life experience, and according to these statstics we're about to get them.