Talk:List of the first LGBT holders of political offices in the United Kingdom
According to new research, the number of LGB MPs elected to the House of Commons today means the UK has the most in the world.
Research from the LGBT Representation and Rights Research Initiative from the University of North Carolina, found that one more LGB MP was elected to the Commons today than before dissolution in March.
The study from Professor Andrew Reynolds suggests the UK now technically has the most LGB MPs in the world, although there are no openly trans members.
Also despite the claim, there are just three out LGB women in Parliament – returning MPs Angela Eagle and Margot James, and newly-elected Cat Smith.
Professor Reynolds notes that “27 out LGBT candidates have been elected to the UK House of Commons after at least 152 out candidates ran on May 7.”
He goes on to say that it means the UK has the most “ever recorded in the world.”
The new parliament includes 13 Labour LGBT MPs, 12 Conservatives and two SNP.
Seven new LGB faces will be in the House. Labour’s Peter Kyle (Hove), Catherine Smith (Lancaster and Fleetwood),Gerald Jones (Merthyr Tydfil) and Wes Streeting (Ilford North). Conservative Ben Howlett (Bath) and SNP victors Stewart McDonald (Glasgow South) and John Nicolson (East Dumbartonshire).
Four sitting gay and bisexual MPs lost their seats, Stephen Williams, Stephen Gilbert, David Laws, Simon Hughes from the Liberal Democrats and the Conservative’s Eric Ollerenshaw.
Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive, Stonewall said: “We’re encouraged that people took to the polls and voted. More than 25 openly lesbian, gay or bisexual MPs have been elected, making this the largest group of openly LGB MPs elected to date. Our Parliament is richer and stronger for the diversity of voices and experiences within it, however, it is certainly disappointing not to see any openly trans people represented amongst our MPs.
“Looking ahead, our MPs cannot forget the manifesto commitments they made to the LGBT community. We must see those words translated into tangible actions. The Conservatives, alongside the Liberal Democrats, have had an impressive track record at Westminster over the last five years, and we look forward to working closely with the new government towards achieving equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, here and abroad.”
Labour’s first out transgender Parliamentary candidate Emily Brothers today failed to be elected in Sutton and Cheam – as did all other openly transgender candidates.
The list of Elected LGBT MPs 2015 from the study is available below LGBT Candidate Cand Region
- Arundel and South Down Nick Herbert Con SE
- Bath Ben Howlett Con SW
- Blackpool South Gordon Marsden Lab NW
- Bournemouth West Conor Burns Con SW
- Cardiff South and Penarth Stephen Doughty Lab WALES
- Croydon North Steve Reed Lab LON
- East Dumbartonshire John Nicolson SNP SCOT
- Exeter Ben Bradshaw Lab SW
- Finchley /Golders Green Mike Freer Con LON
- Glasgow South Stewart McDonald SNP SCOT
- Grantham and Stamford Nick Boles Con EM
- Hove Peter Kyle Lab SE
- Ilford North Wes Streeting Lab LON
- Lancaster and Fleetwood Cat Smith Lab NW
- Liverpool West Derby Stephen Twigg Lab NW
- Merthyr Tydfil/Rhymney Gerald Jones Lab WALES
- Milton Keynes South Iain Stewart Con SE
- Newcastle East Nick Brown Lab NE
- Pudsey Stuart Andrew Con YORK
- Reigate Crispin Blunt Con SE
- Rhondda Chris Bryant Lab WALES
- Ribble Valley Nigel Evans Con YORK
- Rutland and Melton Alan Duncan Con EM
- Sheffield South East Clive Betts Lab YORK
- Shrewsbury and Atcham
DavidDaniel Kawczynski Con WM
- Stourbridge Margot James Con WM
- Wallasey Angela Eagle Lab NW