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Women MPs & parliamentary candidates since 1945

The chart below shows the number of female Members of Parliament from each party elected in UK general elections from 1945—2010. The x (horizontal) axis shows the election year, and the y (vertical) axis the number of women who won seats.

Chart: Women MPs elected in general elections since 1945

The table below shows the number of female Members of Parliament elected in each UK general election since 1945; the percentage of female MPs; how many women were elected from each party; and the total number of female candidates standing for election.

Table showing women elected in general elections since 1945
Election year Female MPs % Con Lab Lib Others Candidates
1945 24 3.8 1 21 1 1 87
1950 21 3.4 6 14 1 - 127
1951 17 2.7 6 11 - - 77
1955 24 3.8 10 14 - - 92
1959 25 4 12 13 - - 81
1964 29 4.6 11 18 - - 90
1966 26 4.1 7 19 - - 81
1970 26 4.1 15 10 - 1 99
1974 (Feb)  23 3.6 9 13 - 1 143
1974 (Oct) 27 4.3 7 18 - 2 161
1979 19 3 8 11 - - 216
1983 23 3.5 13 10 - - 280
1987 41 6.3 17 21 2 1 329
1992 60 9.2 20 37 2 1 571
1997 120 18.2 13 101 3 3 672
2001 118 17.9 14 95 5 4 636
2005 128 20 17 98 10 3 720
2010 143 22 49 81 7 6 861

Note: Data for Lib Dems includes Liberal/SDP/Alliance. Candidates includes all parties
Source: House of Commons Research Papers 01/75, 05/33 & 10/36.


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