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MPs' private pedigree

The proportion of MPs who attended independent schools has increased following the general election - reversing the downward trend during recent decades, a study by the Sutton Trust has revealed. Thirty-five per cent of MPs elected last week went to fee-paying schools, which educate just 7 per cent of the population. The proportion is up from 32 per cent from the 2005 election. The study shows that 54 per cent of Conservative MPs attended private schools, compared with 40 per cent of Liberal Democrats and 15 per cent of Labour.

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