Veteran MP Austin Mitchel today claimed older MPs are now regarded, in some respects, as dinosaurs, geriatrics or out-of-touch idiots while Britain's party leaders seek "the youthful and brainless" as candidates for Westminster.
"Our leaders are desperate to give their teams the youthful image which radiates from Botox, hair dye and the gym," said , the 78-year-old Great Grimsby MP in an article in The Oldie magazine.
"Politics is now a game played on the media which abhors age. Parliament gets younger as society gets older. The proportion of older MPs has shrunk in inverse ratio to the increasing numbers of oldies in the real world."