The United Kingdom’s parliament remains the world’s gayest after Thursday’s election. Its 650 members (MPs) include 45 who are openly gay. Twenty of them are from the majority Conservative Party, while 15 are from Labour, the leading opposition party, and ten are from the much smaller Scottish National Party.
It would have an even higher gay percentage if the Conservatives had not trounced Labour in the most recent election, resulting in three gay Labour MPs being ousted by straight Conservatives in England. But the overall number of gay MPs remained stable because of gains in Scotland by the heavily gay Scottish National Party. As Pink News notes, “The Scottish National Party now has the highest proportion of gay, bi and lesbian representation of any party in parliament, at 21 per cent,” compared to “5.5 per cent of Conservative MPs and 7.4 per cent of Labour MPs.”