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As an example, Theresa May is serving as an MP from Maidenhead even though she had no connection whatsoever to this constituency since before her election in that constituency. On the other hand Boris Johnson is an MP for Greater London, as could be expected from the former Mayor of London.

Is it common for Members of Parliament to have no connection to their electoral district before the election?

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Extremley. The practice is sometimes referred to as "parachuting candidates". All the major parties do it.

  • One question about that: in the article you post, it describes this as a scandal. Was the case described in the article particularly blatant, or is it common despite the scandal is causes? – divibisan Apr 16 at 20:44
  • Extremley common despite the scandal unfortunately. Thats just the newsman pontificating and it hasn't stopped it happening. – SleepingGod Apr 16 at 20:46
  • @divibisan It is not scandalous in itself, the scandal is that the democratic process for local nomination of candidates was allegedly subverted. – Keith McClary Apr 19 at 0:15

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