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Girl power! More women than ever to sit in House of Commons after snap General Election

More women than ever before have been elected to parliament in the 2017 General Election.

After 196 women served in the last parliament, this time around more than 200 will take their seats in the House of Commons.

In south west London, six women won their seats.

Labour’s Kate Hoey, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan and Siobhain McDonagh retained Vauxhall, Tooting, and Mitcham and Morden, while the Conservative’s Justine Greening held Putney.

Kate Hoey campaigns in Vauxhall

Marsha De Cordova pulled off a stunning upset for Labour to take the Battersea seat from the Conservative’s Jane Ellison.

Elsewhere, Labour’s Sarah Jones won the Croydon Central seat from incumbent Gavin Barwell who had the smallest majority in London with 165 votes in 2015.

Women were first allowed to sit in parliament in 1918, and before this election, 454 women had served as MPs.

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