Women make historic advance with more than 200 elected as MPs
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 10, 2017,
Jun 10, 2017, 15:09
It wasn't until 2015 that the total number of female MPs ever elected exceeded the number of MPs sitting in a single parliament.
A record 200 women were elected, with Labour performing best of all the parties apart from the Greens, whose sole MP is a woman.
The bulk of the increase in female representatives comes from the ranks of the Liberal Democrats, since the party goes from one woman in nine MPs to four in 12, the BBC reported.
Though the United Kingdom election might have produced poor results for Theresa May and her Conservative Party, the June 8 snap polls led to banner outcomes for other female lawmakers, as more women than ever before will now hold positions in Parliament.
She was born and raised in Edgbaston as the "daughter of a bus driver", she says on her website.
Moran is one of eleven new "Class of 2017" ethnic minority MPs, alongside eight for Labour and two Conservatives. Well done to @Marshadecordova - our new London Labour MP for Battersea.
It was the Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who narrowly defended her seat in Hastings and Rye after a recount, who took the number up to 192.
Nancy Astor, a Conservative, was the first woman to take her seat in the Commons after winning a byelection in December 1919 for the Plymouth Sutton constituency.
The vote did not return a clear victor as Prime Minister Theresa May's party lost the ruling majority in Westminster and will now have to find new allies to retain the leadership of the country and of her own party.
Constance Markievicz became the first woman elected to the Commons in 1918 following the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act, which allowed women to stand as candidates. She retained her parliamentary seat in Thursday's election.
Any prime minister needs to have enough MPs on their team to be able to win votes and pass laws in the Houses of Commons.