UK Parliament most diverse ever

House of Commons

Whatever you may think of the recent election result, it is true that the incoming cohort of MPs is among the most diverse in British history.

Article 14 of the Human Rights Convention prohibits people from being discriminated against in the enjoyment of their rights and freedoms under the Convention. This means that all people – irrespective of race, gender, religion and many other characteristics – have the right to stand for elected office, and an equal opportunity to present their views to the people.

In the UK Parliament, there are now a record high of 52 BAME MPs in the House of Commons and two well-known disability rights activists. A record number of female MPs were elected, bringing the total to 208 female MPs in the House of Commons – a record high of 32%. There has also been a rise in LGBT MPs, with 45 openly identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

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