List of the first LGBT holders of political offices in the United Kingdom

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The following is a list of the first openly LGBT individuals to serve in selected political offices in the United Kingdom.

Party leaderships

  • 2008, First out Leader of a Minor United Kingdom Political Party [1]
  • 2011, First out female Leader of a Major United Kingdom Political Party
  • 2016, Second out female Leader of a Major Scottish Political Party

British Parliament

House of Commons

  • 1984, First MP to come out in office,[3]
  • May 1997, First MP to be out before being elected
  • Sep 1997, First Female MP to come out in office
  • June 2001, First out Plaid Cymru MP
  • 2002, First Conservative MP to come out[4]
  • Jan 2005 First MP to come out as HIV positive[5]
  • May 2005, First out Liberal Democrat MP
  • May 2005, First Conservative MP to be out before being elected
  • May 2006, First MP to enter into a civil partnership
  • 2008, First Female MP to enter into a civil partnership
  • 2010, First (Conservative) Female MP to be out before being elected

House of Lords

European Parliament

  • Jan 1999, First out UK MEP[7]
  • Jun 1999, First UK MEP to be out before office
  • 2009, First female UK MEP to be out before office, and first openly transgender MEP

Subnational parliaments

Scottish Parliament

  • at least by 2000, First out (Scottish Liberal Democrat) MSP[8]
    • Iain Smith, Scottish Liberal Democrats, MSP 1999–2011
  • 2003, First out Female MSP
    • Margaret Smith, Scottish Liberal Democrats, 1999–2011 (Edinburgh West)
  • 2003, First out Scottish Green MSP
  • 2007, First out SNP MSP
  • 2011, First out Scottish Conservative MSP
  • 2016, First out Scottish Labour MSP

Welsh Assembly

Municipal offices


Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
  • First transgendered Mayor, first openly lesbian Mayor: Jenny Bailey (2007–2008)
Retford, Nottinghamshire
London Borough of Islington
Kingston upon Hull
Haslemere, Surrey
Greater London Authority
London Borough of Southwark
London Borough of Camden
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames


Milford Haven
  • First openly gay Mayor, first Mayor in a civil partnership: Guy Woodham (2012–2013)[17]
Rhondda Cynon Taf

First openly Cabinet Member Layton Percy Jones (Plaid Cymru). Cabinet Member for Social Services 1999–2005


See also


Based on the Wikipedia article of the same name.

  1. Gillian Harris "The Greens shoots of recovery" The Times 23 November 2008
  3. Denis Campbell, "The pioneer who changed gay lives" The Guardian, 30 January 2005
  4. "Gay Tory frontbencher comes out" The Guardian, 29 July 2002
  5. "Former minister is HIV positive" BBC News, 30 January 2005
  7. "Drugs scandal MEP quits" BBC News 31 January 1999
  9. Patrick Wintour, "Ron Davies ends political career" The Guardian, 10 March 2003
  10. Stefan Rhys, "Assembly Election 2016: Wales elects its first openly gay AMs in Hannah Blythyn and Jeremy Miles". Wales Online, 6 May 2016.
  11. "Gay man becomes Britain’s youngest mayor" Pink News" 1 June 2010
  13. V King Macdona, "Southwark votes in first openly gay mayor" Pink News 5 June 2009
  14. Christopher Brocklebank, "London Borough of Camden has new gay mayor and mayoress" Pink News 28 May 2010
  15. "Lesbian row at town hall" BBC News 5 May 2000
  16. Norena Shopland, "Does Wales need Pride?" Planet Extra, 23 January 2014
  18. J Meek Entering Into the Mystery, Passion, Resurrection, Healing and Wholeness Abertillery: Gaudete Books, 2014 – refers to the writer's work as a council chairman and LGBT Christian rights activist.