Nationality of MPs

Adrian Beney made this Freedom of Information request to Electoral Commission

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Dear Electoral Commission,

I am aware that there are eligibility criteria for being an MP relating to British citizenship or in the absence of such citizenship, some other qualifying citizenship.

This is a question about whether or not the Commission holds any information about the citizenship of successful candidates at the last General Election in 2017, and further, whether it holds any information about subsequent changes to the citizenship of those elected in the General Election of 2017.

Yours faithfully,

Adrian Beney

FOI, Electoral Commission

Dear Adrian Beney,
Thank you for your email request under the Freedom of Information Act, at
this point we are not registering your request as your question falls
outside of the role of the Electoral Commission.
There are citizenship requirements for those wishing to stand as an MP
(summarised here:
) but the Commission does not hold any information on the citizenship of
candidates as previous UK Parliamentary General Elections.
The Electoral Commission does not run elections in UK and the nominations
process (by which prospective candidates apply to stand at any given
election) is run by Returning Officers based in each local authority
across Great Britain. Individual Returning Officers may hold some of this
If you are interested in reading more about the role of the Commission in
elections please [2]click here to visit our website.
I trust that this satisfies your request.
Yours sincerely,
Ashley Lardner
Information, Knowledge and Systems Manager
[3][Electoral Commission request email]
The Electoral Commission
020 7271 0541

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