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Women Members of Parliament: Background Paper

Published Thursday, August 11, 2016

This briefing paper provides a list of all the women who have ever been elected to the House of Commons.

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This briefing paper provides a list of all the women who have ever been elected to the House of Commons, since the passage of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which allowed women to stand as parliamentary candidates from 1918. 

In total, since 1918, there have been fewer women MPs – 452 – than there are men who currently sit in the House of Commons. There are currently 192 women MPs among the 650 members of the House.

This list provides the names of the women MPs in order of first election, the party they were first elected for, the constituency or constituencies they represented and their dates as MPs.

 

 

 

Commons Briefing papers SN06652

Author: Richard Kelly

Topics: Election results : UK, House of Commons, Members of Parliament

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