Fourteen new MPs from the sector are Labour

Nine are Conservatives and two are nationalists

Labour has brought more new MPs with voluntary sector experience into Parliament than the Tories, despite losing more than 90 seats in the election.

Third Sector has identified 25 MPs with experience of working in the sector who were elected to the House of Commons for the first time last Thursday. Of these, 14 are Labour members and nine are Conservatives. The other two represent Plaid Cymru and the Scottish National Party.

Among the new Labour MPs are Stella Creasy, head of campaigns at the Scout Association, Kate Green, the former chief executive of the Child Poverty Action Group, and Cathy Jamieson, who used to head children's charity Who Cares? Scotland.

Jamieson was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999 and has been Scotland's minister for education and young people, and minister of justice.

On the Tory benches, the new intake of MPs includes Charlotte Leslie, a former public affairs officer at the National Autistic Society, and Stuart Andrew, who has worked as a fundraiser for the British Heart Foundation.

Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey failed to capture the west London seat of Hammersmith, losing by 3,549 votes. Just before the result was announced, the co-founder of the youth charity My Generation told Third Sector it would take him "only 30 to 40 seconds to get over not winning" and return to his charity job.

Eilidh Whiteford, the new SNP MP for Banff and Buchan, has worked for Oxfam Scotland and Turning Point Scotland, and Plaid Cymru's Jonathan Edwards for Citizens Advice Cymru.

None of the new Liberal Democrat MPs have worked in the sector.


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