Does the UK now Have the Most LGBT Elected MPs in the World?

According to new research, the number of LGBT MPs elected to the House of Commons today means the UK has the most in the world.

The research makes the claim, although there are actually no out trans MPs in the UK.

Research from the LGBT Representation and Rights Research Initiative from the University of North Carolina, found that one more LGBT 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 LGBT MPs in the world, although there are no openly trans members.

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 7th.”

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 LGBT 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 LGBT MPs lost their seats, all were Liberal Democrats.

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.”