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23 September 2011

20 under 40: meet parliament’s rising stars

We've selected 20 of the brightest MPs in parliament - and they are all under the age of 40.

By New Statesman

The last election saw the biggest rookie intake since 1997, with 227 new MPs arriving. The New Statesman, in association with Insight Public Affairs, has compiled a list of 20 MPs aged under 40 who we think have the brightest prospects. The list excludes frontbenchers, although some are sure to be future ministers and even prime ministers. As last week’s NS leader noted: “so far, the 2010 generation has shown itself to be independent-minded and politically precocious, with a reassuring tendency to defy the whips”.

Here are profiles of each of our rising stars. Who did we miss out? Share your thoughts in the comment box below.

Rushanara Ali (Lab) – born 1975

Luciana Berger (Lab) – 1981

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Rehman Chishti (Con) – 1978

Stella Creasy (Lab) – 1977

Michael Dugher (Lab) – 1975

Sam Gyimah (Con) – 1976

Duncan Hames (Lib Dem) – 1977

Matthew Hancock (Con) – 1978

Tristram Hunt (Lab) – 1974

Jo Johnson (Con) – 1971

Gregg McClymont (Lab) – 1976

Lisa Nandy (Lab) – 1979

Priti Patel (Con) – 1972

Dominic Raab (Con) – 1974

Rachel Reeves (Lab) – 1979

Rory Stewart (Con) – 1973

Jo Swinson (Lib Dem) – 1980

Elizabeth Truss (Con) – 1975

Chuka Umunna (Lab) – 1978

John Woodcock (Lab) – 1978