5 July 2024

Landmark for representation as diversity of parliament nears that of electorate

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The 2024 general election has delivered the biggest ever increase in ethnic minority MPs and the UK's most diverse parliament ever.

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A record number of 90 ethnic minority MPs have been elected to sit in the UK’s most diverse parliament ever, an increase of 24, according to British Future’s analysis of the 2024 general election results.

The historic advance in representation means the new parliament comes closer than ever before to reflecting the diversity of the electorate, with 13.8% of MPs coming from an ethnic minority background. Analysis of census data by Matt Singh of Number Cruncher Politics estimates that 14% of the UK electorate is from an ethnic minority background. 

By far the largest number of ethnic minority MPs will sit on the Labour government benches. The 2024 parliament will include 66 Labour MPs from an ethnic minority background, 16% of the new Parliamentary Labour Party. Some 15 ethnic minority Conservatives were elected, alongside 5 Lib Dems and 4 new independent MPs from a minority background.

Women will again outnumber men among ethnic minority MPs, with 50 women from an ethnic minority background winning seats and 40 men.

Sunder Katwala, Director of British Future, said:

“The 2024 election is a landmark for representation, with record diversity in our parliament, closer than ever to that of the electorate.

“In the space of 40 years we have gone from zero to nearly 1 in 7 MPs being from an ethnic minority background.

“The irony that it coincides with the end of Rishi Sunak’s premiership as the UK’s first British Asian Prime Minister only underlines how ethnic diversity has become a new norm across the main political parties.

“Better representation doesn’t guarantee better policies on inclusion. Our race debates can often feel as polarised as ever. But a stronger share of voice matters. When the new Commons raises issues of race, ethnic minority MPs will be there to bring their lived experience to the debate.”

The 2019 election had seen 66 ethnic minority MPs elected to the Westminster parliament, the first time 10% of MPs were from an ethnic minority background.

(Pictured: Sureena Brackenridge MP, elected for Wolverhampton North East)

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