It will come as no surprise to anyone following the results that no trans members of parliament were elected yesterday, as despite the shock over the overall result relatively few seats actually changed hands. However, a record number of people standing (9) also means some record results – yesterday saw three trans candidates gaining second place. The last time a trans candidate at a parliamentary level reached second place was also the first known trans parliamentary candidate, Alexandra “Sandra” MacRae, who stood for the SNP in 1992.
General elections are predominantly national rather than local campaigns, and the fates of trans candidates have followed those of their party colleagues standing elsewhere – Labour up but with limited gains, Liberal Democrats slipping slightly in non-target seats and the Greens struggling to make an impact.
|2nd place, 25.6% (-3.8%)
|5th place: 1.3% (-2.6%)|
East Worthing & Shoreham
|2nd place, 39.3% (+19.8%)
|6th place, 1.1% (-1.2%)|
|5th place, 1.8% (-2.4%)|
North West Durham
|5th place, 1.1% (-2.6%)|
Runnymede and Weybridge
|5th place, 2.6% (-1.5%)|
|3rd place, 4.3% (-0.1%)|
Rutland & Melton
|2nd place, 22.7% (+7.3%)
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Helen Belcher, Charley Hasted: Liberal Democrat candidate promotional literature.
Aimee Challenor: CC BY-SA 3.0, credit Green Party of England and Wales.
Sophie Cook: Labour party candidate promotional literature.
Dom Horsman, Lee-Anne Lawrance: Provided by the candidates for use on this blog.
Zoe O’Connell: CC BY-SA 3.0, credit Zoe O’Connell.