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Women Members of Parliament: Background Paper

Published Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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, 209 are held by women MPs, the highest number ever.  (At the 2017 General Election, 208 women were elected – a record number. Following the election of Órfhlaith Begley on 3 May 2018, the total number of women MPs increased to 209. However, when Heidi Alexander resigned on 9 May 2018, the number dropped back to 208. It returned to 209 with the election of Janet Daby in Lewisham East (Heidi Alexander’s former seat), on 14 June 2018.)

In total, since 1918, there have been 491 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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