Women in the House of Commons

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    Briefing paper #06651, 21 August 2018, by Richard Kelly "....At the General Election of June 2017, 208 women were elected as Members of Parliament, the highest number ever. Over three in ten (32%) of the 650 MPs was a woman. Of the 87 new Members elected to Parliament for the first time in 2010, 33 (37.9%) were women.....Although the women candidates who had stood at the 1918 election were prominent in the suffrage movement or dedicated political activists, it was ironic that the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons had never campaigned for women’s rights. American-born Viscountess Astor was elected for the Sutton division of Plymouth on 15 November 1919 at a by-election caused by her husband’s accession to the peerage on the death of his father. She was a character of considerable wit and charm who soon took up the interests of women and children and, in particular, those problems related to the abuse of alcohol....."
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    Link: http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/SN06651/SN06651.pdf
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