"The Independent Group instantly has a majority of female MPs" Esther Webber,

Other than where the group of MPs is a single person (such as Caroline Lucas), has a party ever had more women MPs than men MPs before?

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    Technically the Independent Group is not a political party. It receives funding from a private company called Gemini owned by Gavin Shuker, doesn't have to disclose it's financial donors or backers and has no leader.
    – Icarian
    Feb 21, 2019 at 12:39

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No, at no point has a party with more than a single MP had a majority of female MPs. (As of this writing, The Independent Group is not a political party.)

Labour has so far been closest, with 45% of its MPs elected at the 2017 election being female (Source).

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    Second place being tied between Plaid Cymru (2017) at 25% and the Independent Liberals (1935) at 25%
    – Valorum
    Mar 1, 2019 at 15:27
  • @Valorum: I thought the SNP is 33% (16/48) women MPs? TheGuardian, 12/2019
    – smci
    Jun 15, 2020 at 20:30
  • Would you mind if I edited your answer with the new information from your deleted one?
    – divibisan
    Jun 16, 2020 at 13:58
  • The reason I deleted it is because I subsequently spotted in the headline "before The Independent Group", and the 2019 election was not before The Independent Group. So it doesn't actually answer the question.
    – Joe C
    Jun 16, 2020 at 18:56

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