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The UK’s new parliament is its most diverse ever

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a Conservative Party event following the results of the general election in London, Britain
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White men win again — but not nearly as much as before
  • Amanda Shendruk
By Amanda Shendruk

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The UK’s general election last week was decisive. It marked a significant win for the Conservatives, a straight-forward path for Brexit, and a resounding denunciation of the Labour party’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

Lost in the post-election commotion however, was another decisive statement: parliament now has a historic number of women, ethnic minorities, and LGBTQ members.

The new parliament has 63 non-white members, up from 52 at dissolution; 220 women, an increase of nine; and 49 who are openly LGBTQ, two more than last time.

For more specifics, select demographics below to see how this parliament is different from the last.

Correction (May 11, 2021): This piece originally identified Imran Ahmad-Khan as an LGBTQ person, based on erroneous data from mps.whoare.lgbt.

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