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There Are Now More Women In The House Of Commons Than Ever Before

A record 30% of MPs are now women. But that does mean two-thirds are still men.

PA Wire

Female MPs now hold around a third of all seats in the House of Commons – the best ever result for women.

Around 30% of MPs are women, up from 23% before the election.

Some 190 women were elected as MPs overnight, up from 148 in 2010. And the female tally could be even higher because a handful of results have not yet been counted.

Both the Conservatives and Labour saw a rise in the proportion of female MPs, while the SNP saw 20 women elected north of the border. But the Liberal Democrats are now without a single woman in the Commons, after being decimated at the ballot box.

The stats were cheered by many people online.

Are one in three MPs really now women? That is wonderful.


But campaign group 50:50 Parliament brought them back to earth.

"Number of women MPs rises by about a third", but women *still* make up less than a third of Parliament! http://t.co/MlxpFK6Y5H

Emily Ashton is a senior political correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Emily Ashton at emily.ashton@buzzfeed.com.

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