Record number of female MPs have won seats in UK general election

Labour's Dawn Butler, SNP's Amy Callaghan and the Liberal Democrats' Wera Hobhouse are all among the record number of women who secured victories in the 2019 general election.

(CNN)More women MPs have been elected to the House of Commons than ever before, according to the Press Association news agency, breaking the previous record of 208 set in 2017.

With all constituencies declared, a record 220 women MPs have been elected. Female Conservative candidates won 86 seats, the most the party has ever had, and more than 50% of Labour MPs are now female. However, women still make up just over a third of lawmakers.
    A number of well-known female MPs -- including Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson, ex-Conservative rebel Anna Soubry and Labour rising star Laura Pidcock -- all lost their seats, but newly successful female candidates have more than made up for their departures.
    Swinson was replaced by Amy Callaghan of the SNP, while Dawn Butler of Labour and Wera Hobhouse of the Liberal Democrats were two female MPs to hold onto their seats.
    According to the House of Commons Library, an estimated 1,123 female candidates were put forward for this election and the cohort has improved on the previous high set in 2017.