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The UK’s parliament is still the gayest in the world after 2019 election

Andrew Reynolds December 13, 2019
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The UK Parliament lit up in rainbow colours

Levels of gay, bi and lesbian representation in the UK parliament have remained stable at the election after a Tory surge.

The last UK parliament had 45 out LGBT+ MPs – the highest number in the world.

There’s now more out Tories than LGBT+ Labour MPs.

Ahead of the election, six out Tories and one out Labour MP stood down, while three out Labour MPs lost on Thursday.

However, the MPs departing were offset by a new cohort of LGBT+ politicians, with ten new out MPs were elected –  seven Tories and three SNP.

There are now 20 Tories, 15 Labour and 10 SNP MPs who identify as LGBT+.

The Scottish National Party now has the highest proportion of gay, bi and lesbian representation of any party in parliament, at 21 per cent, while 5.5 per cent of Conservative MPs and 7.4 per cent of Labour MPs identify as LGBT+.

Once again, the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru, Green Party and Northern Irish parties all have no out LGBT+ MPs.

None of the candidates who identify as trans or non-binary were successful on Thursday.

One of the new out MPs was suspended from the SNP before election day over antisemitic posts.

The full list of out LGBT+ MPs can be found below, with the newly elected highlighted in bold.

Conservatives

Daniel Kawczynski Shrewsbury & Atcham

Crispin Blunt Reigate

Conor Burns Bournemouth West

Nigel Evans Ribble Valley

Lee Rowley Derbyshire North East

Mark Menzies Fylde

Nick Gibb Bognor Regis & Littlehampton

Iain Stewart Milton Keynes South

Paul Holmes* Eastleigh

Mark Fletcher* Bolsover 

William Wragg Hazel Grove

Stuart Andrew Pudsey

Damien Moore  Southport

David Mundell Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale

Mike Freer Finchley and Golders Green

Kieran Mullan* Crewe and Nantwich 

Elliot Colburn* Carshalton and Wallington 

Chris Clarkson* Heywood and Middleton 

Antony Higginbotham* Burnley 

Labour

Angela Eagle Wallasey

Clive Betts   Sheffield South East

Nick Brown Newcastle upon Tyne East

Dan Carden Liverpool Walton

Stephen Doughty Cardiff South & Penarth

Nia Griffith Llanelli

Gerald Jones Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney

Luke Pollard Plymouth, Sutton

Steve Reed Croydon North

Wes Streeting Ilford North

Ben Bradshaw Exeter

Chris Bryant Rhondda

Peter Kyle Hove

Lloyd Russell Moyle Brighton Kemptown

Cat Smith Lancaster and Fleetwood

Scottish National Party

Hannah Bardell Livingston

Mhairi Black Paisley & Renfrewshire South

Martin Docherty West Dunbartonshire

Stuart McDonald Cumbernauld, Kilsyth & Kirkintilloch

Stewart McDonald Glasgow South

Joanna Cherry Edinburgh South West

Alyn Smith* Sterling

Angela Crawley Lanark & Hamilton East

John Nicholson* Ochil and South Perthshire 

Neale Hanvey* Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath

Sitting MPs who lost their seats

Labour

Ged Killen Rutherglen and Hamilton West

Sandy Martin Ipswich

Gordon Marsden Blackpool South

Andrew Reynolds is the author of The Children of Harvey Milk: How LGBTQ Politicians Changed the World, and Professor of Political Science at UNC Chapel Hill. He tweets at @AndyReynoldsUNC.

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