British MPs

Social background of Members of Parliament 1979-2019

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 3:00pm

This briefing paper provides data on the gender, age, ethnicity and educational backgrounds of Members of Parliament elected at the 2019 General Election and how this has changed over time.

Key Points: 
  • This briefing paper provides data on the gender, age, ethnicity and educational backgrounds of Members of Parliament elected at the 2019 General Election and how this has changed over time.
  • Gender

    There were 220 female MPs elected at the 2019 General Election (34% of all MPs).

  • Members aged 18-29 and those over 70 each represented 3% of the total.
  • 495 (76%) had been MPs in the2017-19 Parliament and 15 were re-elected having served as MPs further in the past.

Gladstone Land Provides Update on Impact of Coronavirus on Operations and Distributions

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 3:30pm

MCLEAN, Va., March 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gladstone Land Corporation (Nasdaq: LAND) (Gladstone Land or the Company) announced today that it has provided the following update to its shareholders:

Key Points: 
  • MCLEAN, Va., March 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gladstone Land Corporation (Nasdaq: LAND) (Gladstone Land or the Company) announced today that it has provided the following update to its shareholders:
    Farming Operations:The Company does not believe the current Coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on its operations or that of its tenant-farmers at this point in time.
  • All farms continue to be leased, and all tenant-farmers continue to be current in their rental payments.
  • Many of the Companys farmers have also reported higher-than-average prices for their crops due to the demand for fresh produce.
  • Owners or brokers who have farmland for sale in the U.S. should contact:
    For stockholder information on Gladstone Land, call (703) 287-5893.

Prime Minister's Questions: 25 March 2020

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 12:02am

Today's PMQs lasted one hour, rather than the usual half an hour. 12 questions were allocated to the Leader of the Opposition and four to the SNP Westminster Leader. Questions from the Leader of the OppositionMr Corbyn asked the Prime Minister:why the Prime Minister did not write to research institutes to ask for coronavirus testing machines earlier, in reference to a leaked email that showed he had asked this past weekend. Mr Corbyn asked what further actions were taking place to obtain testing equipment.when social care staff will be getting tested for coronavirus.how the Prime Minister plans to ensure care workers get the vital food and supplies they need for the people they are caring for. Supermarkets are now often sold out of goods.when NHS staff will get the personal protection equipment (PPE) that they need. The Healthcare Supply Association has been forced to ask hardware shops on Twitter to source equipment. Mr Corbyn said that NHS chiefs have said lack of testing and lack of PPE are their biggest concerns.if the Prime Minister will ban evictions for six months. Mr Corbyn said that the Prime Minister had agreed to this but "appears to have gone back on his word". what the Government is doing to "bring people home" and cover medical costs accrued by those stranded abroad.why construction sites for non-emergency projects were still open and construction workers having to go to work. why it has taken the Prime Minister "so long" to guarantee income for all self-employed workers (who were not covered in the Chancellor's package announced last week).if the Prime Minister give extra resources to boost the DWP's capacity to handle Universal Credit claims, amid reports that hundreds of thousands of people were trying to make claims. Mr Corbyn also asked him to relax the "draconian" requirements for Universal Credit and speed up the process for claimants.if the Prime Minister will increase statutory sick pay and give protection and access to benefits to those on zero-hour contracts.how the Government will "open itself to scrutiny" while Parliament is in recess so that the Government can be held to account. This wasthe last PMQs for theLeader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn.

Key Points: 


Today's PMQs lasted one hour, rather than the usual half an hour. 12 questions were allocated to the Leader of the Opposition and four to the SNP Westminster Leader.

Questions from the Leader of the Opposition

  • Mr Corbyn asked the Prime Minister:
    • why the Prime Minister did not write to research institutes to ask for coronavirus testing machines earlier, in reference to a leaked email that showed he had asked this past weekend. Mr Corbyn asked what further actions were taking place to obtain testing equipment.
    • when social care staff will be getting tested for coronavirus.
    • how the Prime Minister plans to ensure care workers get the vital food and supplies they need for the people they are caring for. Supermarkets are now often sold out of goods.
    • when NHS staff will get the personal protection equipment (PPE) that they need. The Healthcare Supply Association has been forced to ask hardware shops on Twitter to source equipment. Mr Corbyn said that NHS chiefs have said lack of testing and lack of PPE are their biggest concerns.
    • if the Prime Minister will ban evictions for six months. Mr Corbyn said that the Prime Minister had agreed to this but "appears to have gone back on his word".
    • what the Government is doing to "bring people home" and cover medical costs accrued by those stranded abroad.
    • why construction sites for non-emergency projects were still open and construction workers having to go to work.
    • why it has taken the Prime Minister "so long" to guarantee income for all self-employed workers (who were not covered in the Chancellor's package announced last week).
    • if the Prime Minister give extra resources to boost the DWP's capacity to handle Universal Credit claims, amid reports that hundreds of thousands of people were trying to make claims. Mr Corbyn also asked him to relax the "draconian" requirements for Universal Credit and speed up the process for claimants.
    • if the Prime Minister will increase statutory sick pay and give protection and access to benefits to those on zero-hour contracts.
    • how the Government will "open itself to scrutiny" while Parliament is in recess so that the Government can be held to account.
    • This wasthe last PMQs for theLeader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn.
    • Mr Corbynbegan by thanking the NHS staff, public sector workers, supermarket staffand, particularly,cleaners working to keep up safe.
    • He closed his remarks by saying that the crisis has shown us how we depend on each other: "at times like this we have to recognise the value of each other and the strength of a society that cares for each other and cares for all."

Questions from the Scottish National Party's Westminster Leader

  • Mr Blackford asked the Prime Minister:
    • why a full package of support for the self-employed was not put in place before the lockdown.
    • if, when the Chancellor announces his plans to support self-employed workers (on Thursday) there will be "parity and equality of support" between the job retention scheme announced last week and proposals to aid the self-employed.
    • that we owe it to all of the "heroes" in the NHS, including doctors, nurses and cleaners, to stay at home if we are "non-essential workers".
    • if the Prime Minister will "send out the message" that nobody should be evicted for a six month period during the pandemic.


    The Scottish National Party's Westminster Leader, Ian Blackford, asked about support for the self-employed, a freeze on evictions for private renters, and NHS staff.

Full list of topics and questioners 

Prime Minister's Questions: 25 March 2020

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 12:01am

Today's PMQs lasted one hour, rather than the usual half an hour. 12 questions were allocated to the Leader of the Opposition and four to the SNP Westminster Leader. Questions from the Leader of the OppositionMr Corbyn asked the Prime Minister:why the Prime Minister did not write to research institutes to ask for coronavirus testing machines earlier, in reference to a leaked email that showed he had asked this past weekend. Mr Corbyn asked what further actions were taking place to obtain testing equipment.when social care staff will be getting tested for coronavirus.how the Prime Minister plans to ensure care workers get the vital food and supplies they need for the people they are caring for. Supermarkets are now often sold out of goods.when NHS staff will get the personal protection equipment (PPE) that they need. The Healthcare Supply Association has been forced to ask hardware shops on Twitter to source equipment. Mr Corbyn said that NHS chiefs have said lack of testing and lack of PPE are their biggest concerns.if the Prime Minister will ban evictions for six months. Mr Corbyn said that the Prime Minister had agreed to this but "appears to have gone back on his word". what the Government is doing to "bring people home" and cover medical costs accrued by those stranded abroad.why construction sites for non-emergency projects were still open and construction workers having to go to work. why it has taken the Prime Minister "so long" to guarantee income for all self-employed workers (who were not covered in the Chancellor's package announced last week).if the Prime Minister give extra resources to boost the DWP's capacity to handle Universal Credit claims, amid reports that hundreds of thousands of people were trying to make claims. Mr Corbyn also asked him to relax the "draconian" requirements for Universal Credit and speed up the process for claimants.if the Prime Minister will increase statutory sick pay and give protection and access to benefits to those on zero-hour contracts.how the Government will "open itself to scrutiny" while Parliament is in recess so that the Government can be held to account. This wasthe last PMQs for theLeader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn.

Key Points: 


Today's PMQs lasted one hour, rather than the usual half an hour. 12 questions were allocated to the Leader of the Opposition and four to the SNP Westminster Leader.

Questions from the Leader of the Opposition

  • Mr Corbyn asked the Prime Minister:
    • why the Prime Minister did not write to research institutes to ask for coronavirus testing machines earlier, in reference to a leaked email that showed he had asked this past weekend. Mr Corbyn asked what further actions were taking place to obtain testing equipment.
    • when social care staff will be getting tested for coronavirus.
    • how the Prime Minister plans to ensure care workers get the vital food and supplies they need for the people they are caring for. Supermarkets are now often sold out of goods.
    • when NHS staff will get the personal protection equipment (PPE) that they need. The Healthcare Supply Association has been forced to ask hardware shops on Twitter to source equipment. Mr Corbyn said that NHS chiefs have said lack of testing and lack of PPE are their biggest concerns.
    • if the Prime Minister will ban evictions for six months. Mr Corbyn said that the Prime Minister had agreed to this but "appears to have gone back on his word".
    • what the Government is doing to "bring people home" and cover medical costs accrued by those stranded abroad.
    • why construction sites for non-emergency projects were still open and construction workers having to go to work.
    • why it has taken the Prime Minister "so long" to guarantee income for all self-employed workers (who were not covered in the Chancellor's package announced last week).
    • if the Prime Minister give extra resources to boost the DWP's capacity to handle Universal Credit claims, amid reports that hundreds of thousands of people were trying to make claims. Mr Corbyn also asked him to relax the "draconian" requirements for Universal Credit and speed up the process for claimants.
    • if the Prime Minister will increase statutory sick pay and give protection and access to benefits to those on zero-hour contracts.
    • how the Government will "open itself to scrutiny" while Parliament is in recess so that the Government can be held to account.
    • This wasthe last PMQs for theLeader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn.
    • Mr Corbynbegan by thanking the NHS staff, public sector workers, supermarket staffand, particularly,cleaners working to keep up safe.
    • He closed his remarks by saying that the crisis has shown us how we depend on each other: "at times like this we have to recognise the value of each other and the strength of a society that cares for each other and cares for all."

Questions from the Scottish National Party's Westminster Leader

  • Mr Blackford asked the Prime Minister:
    • why a full package of support for the self-employed was not put in place before the lockdown.
    • if, when the Chancellor announces his plans to support self-employed workers (on Thursday) there will be "parity and equality of support" between the job retention scheme announced last week and proposals to aid the self-employed.
    • that we owe it to all of the "heroes" in the NHS, including doctors, nurses and cleaners, to stay at home if we are "non-essential workers".
    • if the Prime Minister will "send out the message" that nobody should be evicted for a six month period during the pandemic.


    The Scottish National Party's Westminster Leader, Ian Blackford, asked about support for the self-employed, a freeze on evictions for private renters, and NHS staff.

Full list of topics and questioners 

Coronavirus - workers need clear guidance, Chair says

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 1:03pm

Coronavirus - workers need clear guidance, Chair says

Key Points: 
  • Coronavirus - workers need clear guidance, Chair says
    Rachel Reeves, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee, has written to Alok Sharma, Secretary of State for BEIS to call for clearer Government coronavirus guidance for workers to help address concerns that workers are being forced to go to work or that their employer is not offering enough support.
  • On Tuesday, Rachel Reeves asked workers to contact the BEIS Committee with their concerns and the letter to the Secretary of State references the fact that, within hours, the Committee had received over 250 emails [update - now at over 400 messages] from people working in a wide range of sectors and settings including office-based staff, furniture manufacturers, travel agents, estate agents, law firms, and TV engineers.
  • Rachel Reeves, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee said:
    The Department for BEIS and the whole of Government are working incredibly hard to help support businesses and employees during these difficult times.
  • The correspondence also calls on the Government to support businesses by helping to provide more specific guidance for workplaces on social distancing.

Coronavirus - workers need clear guidance, Chair says

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 1:03pm

Coronavirus - workers need clear guidance, Chair says

Key Points: 
  • Coronavirus - workers need clear guidance, Chair says
    Rachel Reeves, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee, has written to Alok Sharma, Secretary of State for BEIS to call for clearer Government coronavirus guidance for workers to help address concerns that workers are being forced to go to work or that their employer is not offering enough support.
  • On Tuesday, Rachel Reeves asked workers to contact the BEIS Committee with their concerns and the letter to the Secretary of State references the fact that, within hours, the Committee had received over 250 emails [update - now at over 400 messages] from people working in a wide range of sectors and settings including office-based staff, furniture manufacturers, travel agents, estate agents, law firms, and TV engineers.
  • Rachel Reeves, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee said:
    The Department for BEIS and the whole of Government are working incredibly hard to help support businesses and employees during these difficult times.
  • The correspondence also calls on the Government to support businesses by helping to provide more specific guidance for workplaces on social distancing.

Coronavirus - workers need clear guidance, Chair says

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 1:02pm

Coronavirus - workers need clear guidance, Chair says

Key Points: 
  • Coronavirus - workers need clear guidance, Chair says
    Rachel Reeves, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee, has written to Alok Sharma, Secretary of State for BEIS to call for clearer Government coronavirus guidance for workers to help address concerns that workers are being forced to go to work or that their employer is not offering enough support.
  • On Tuesday, Rachel Reeves asked workers to contact the BEIS Committee with their concerns and the letter to the Secretary of State references the fact that, within hours, the Committee had received over 250 emails [update - now at over 400 messages] from people working in a wide range of sectors and settings including office-based staff, furniture manufacturers, travel agents, estate agents, law firms, and TV engineers.
  • Rachel Reeves, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee said:
    The Department for BEIS and the whole of Government are working incredibly hard to help support businesses and employees during these difficult times.
  • The correspondence also calls on the Government to support businesses by helping to provide more specific guidance for workplaces on social distancing.

Foreign Secretary questioned on travellers returning to the UK

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 12:04am

British Nationals abroad are being asked by the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab,to return back immediately.

Key Points: 
  • British Nationals abroad are being asked by the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab,to return back immediately.
  • That situation is unprecedented in scale and our overriding priority now is to assist the thousands of British travellers who need and want to return home."
  • Caroline Nokes responded the the Foreign Secretary's statement saying:
    "Guidance issued by the Foreign Office yesterday advising British tourists to return to the UK where commercial flights are available.
  • Follow the @HouseofCommons on Twitter and @UKHouseofCommons on Instagram, for updates on the UK House of Commons Chamber and more.

Financial support for the self-employed in light of Covid-19 pandemic

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 12:04am

Edward Davey MP asked an urgent question to the Chief Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Barclay, on financial support for the self-employed in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Key Points: 
  • Edward Davey MP asked an urgent question to the Chief Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Barclay, on financial support for the self-employed in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, delivered the 2020 Budget to the House of Commons on 11 March 2020.
  • Edward Davey MP told the House that the five million self-employed people across the country are in real stress.
  • Follow the @HouseofCommons on Twitter and @UKHouseofCommons on Instagram, for updates on the UK House of Commons Chamber and more.

Foreign Secretary questioned on travellers returning to the UK

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 12:03am

British Nationals abroad are being asked by the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab,to return back immediately.

Key Points: 
  • British Nationals abroad are being asked by the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab,to return back immediately.
  • That situation is unprecedented in scale and our overriding priority now is to assist the thousands of British travellers who need and want to return home."
  • Caroline Nokes responded the the Foreign Secretary's statement saying:
    "Guidance issued by the Foreign Office yesterday advising British tourists to return to the UK where commercial flights are available.
  • Follow the @HouseofCommons on Twitter and @UKHouseofCommons on Instagram, for updates on the UK House of Commons Chamber and more.