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Women Members of Parliament: Background Paper

Published Tuesday, August 20, 2019

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 Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918, which allowed women to stand as parliamentary candidates from 1918.

Of the 650 seats in the House of Commons, 211 are held by women MPs. This is the highest number of women MPs ever.

At the 2017 General Election, 208 women were elected – then a record number.

Since then two women have left the House of Commons – Heidi Alexander (resigned) and Fiona Onasanya (unseated following a petition under the Recall of MPs Act 2015). Five women have been elected in by-elections in the 2017 Parliament: Órfhlaith Begley, on 3 May 2018; Janet Daby, on 14 June 2018; Ruth Jones, on 4 April 2019; Lisa Forbes, on 6 June 2019; and Jane Dodds, on 1 August 2019.

In total, since 1918, there have been 494 women MPs.

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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