What is the 1922 Committee and why is it called that?


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What is the Conservative party's 1922 committee, and how did it get its name?

The 1922 Committee is the group of backbench Conservative MPs, ie those who are not ministers or junior ministers. The committee meets weekly and usually comes into the news when there is talk of a leadership bid in the party. The leader of the committee is charged with organising and overseeing the election, even though all Conservative MPs are eligible to vote, not just members of the committee.

It gets its name because when it was created it was made up from the MPs who had been elected in 1922, though its first meeting did not take place until 1923.

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