UK elects first female Sikh and first turbaned MP
The UK Elects a Record Number of Women into Parliament After the 2019 Election
A record number of female MPs (members of parliament) have been voted into parliament after the 2019 election.
The figure has already surpassed the former high of 191 reached in the 2015 election. It also tops the 196 female MPs elected during the course of the last parliament, which included subsequent by-elections.
Amber Rudd is said to be the woman who took the figure to 192 after she determinedly fought for her seat in Hastings and Rye demanding a recount. Green party leader Caroline Lucas pushed the number higher again, retaining her Brighton seat.
Britain also elected its first female Sikh MP and the first turbaned Sikh MP. Both Labour, Preet Kaur Gill, 44, will represent Birmingham Edgbaston, while Tan Dhesi will represent Slough.
Constance Markievicz became the first woman elected to the Commons in 1918 following the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act, which allowed women to stand as candidates. However, she didn't take her sat because she was a member of Sinn Féin.
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