The new British parliament is promised to be the gayest ever

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OXFORD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: A general view of the Radcliffe Camera building, part of the Bodleian Library, in Oxford city centre on February 24, 2012 in Oxford, England. Oxford University has a student population in excess of 20,000 taken from over 140 countries around the world. The University is made up of 38 independent, self-governing colleges, three of which: University College, Balliol College, and Merton College, were established by the 13th century. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

The House of Commons is expected to break its own record for the world’s highest proportion of candidates identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans for the first time in UK history for the today’s general election. According to the parties own data, some 222 LGBT candidates will be running for election. It is not known how many independent and fringe party candidates are LGBT, meaning the figure could well be even higher.Both the Conservative Party and Labour have identified 42 out LGBT candidates, the highest figure for both parties. The Liberal Democrats have 30 out candidates, including former MP Simon Hughes who is running to win back his south London constituency. Green Party internal figures report 86 out candidates, though 11 have been publicly identified. The SNP, who only run candidates in Scotland, is running 10 LGBT candidates under their banner. UKIP have six candidates, while Plaid Cymru, the SDLP and the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland each have two candidates.

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