In a magnificent General Election first, the greatest number of women ever elected will be entering into the House of Commons this year, as more than 200 female MPs have won their seats.
By 6am on the morning of Friday 9th June, 192 women had been elected across 650 constituencies and this number rose as the morning went on, with MPs such as the Green Party’s Caroline Lucas winning the vote in her constituency Brighton Pavilion with 52.3%.
This record number of female MPs elected is a first in General Election history. The previous highest number of women elected in a single general election was in 2015 when 191 women won their seats.
The number of women elected to the House of Commons in the last Parliament stood at 196 in 2017. This means that the number of women in Parliament has now risen by about a third.
Female MPs elected include Conservative Amber Rudd, who controversially took Theresa May’s place in the BBC Election Debate last month, despite losing her father 48 hours earlier. Rudd won her seat in Hastings and Rye but with a greatly reduced majority of just 346.
The number also includes Labour’s Dianne Abbott, who despite a torrent of negative press in recent weeks received an increased majority of over 35,000 in Hackney North & Stoke Newington.