UK sees its 'most diverse parliament ever,' says analysis

UK sees its 'most diverse parliament ever,' says analysis

Labour leads way in this representation, with 66 ethnic minority MPs, constituting 16% of new Parliamentary Labour Party

By Aysu Bicer

LONDON (AA) - The 2024 general election has led to a landmark moment in the history of the UK Parliament, with a record number of 87 ethnic minority MPs elected, an increase of 21 from the previous parliament.

This milestone, analyzed by British Future, marks the most diverse parliament in the UK's history, bringing the representation of ethnic minorities closer to the demographics of the electorate than ever before.

Analysis of census data by Matt Singh of Number Cruncher Politics estimates that 14% of the UK electorate is from an ethnic minority background.

"The historic advance in representation means the new parliament comes closer than ever before to reflecting the diversity of the electorate, with just over 13% of MPs coming from an ethnic minority background," it said.

Labour leads the way in this representation, with 66 ethnic minority MPs, constituting 16% of the new Parliamentary Labour Party.

The Conservative party elected 14 ethnic minority MPs, representing 11.5% of their total.

Additionally, the Liberal Democrats elected three ethnic minority MPs, and four independent MPs from minority backgrounds were also successful.

"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," Sunder Katwala, Director of British Future, commented in a statement.

"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," he said.

Katwala also noted the implications of the increased representation.

"Better representation doesn’t guarantee better policies on inclusion. Our race debates can often feel as polarized 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," he added.

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