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I’d love to be an MP, but Britain is still too ashamed of open political ambition

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Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee writes for City AM about his political ambitions, and others can feel stigmatised when wanting to stand as an MP. He writes:

“There are still lots of hardworking and upstanding politicians in the UK. But it’s hard to conclude that we are getting our very best people into politics. There are lots of reasons why this might be the case: long and inflexible hours, a sense that politics can’t really change things, the intrusions of the press and the nightmares of social media. To many, Westminster and our broader political class can seem alien and remote. And pressures on individual politicians can be extreme – earlier this year, Labour MP Stella Creasy was subject to an investigation by children’s services after a vexatious complaint by an online troll.

I would like to add one more suggestion: the stigma attached to simply running for office. Somebody saying that they might want to have a run at being a politician, either as a councillor or an MP, is likely to be met with at least a raised eyebrow and often a stifled laugh.”

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