Number of black and minority MPs in the UK parliament 1987-2019, by party

In 2019, just 65 of the United Kingdom's 650 Members of Parliament were non-white, 41 of which were members of the Labour Party, 22 were in the ruling Conservative party, and two non-white MPs were members of the Liberal Democrats.

Black and minority Members of Parliament (MPs) in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1987 to 2019, by political party

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Release date

March 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

1987 to 2019

Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information: "There is no official data on ethnicity of MPs. As an individual’s ethnicity is self-defined, it is hard to obtain reliable data on MPs’ ethnicity in the absence such data being compiled officially, particularly historically. It is generally stated that the first non-white MPs since 1945 were elected in 1987, when four Labour MPs were from a non-white background"

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