List of MPs elected in the 1997 United Kingdom general election
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The list is arranged by constituency. New MPs elected since the general election are noted at the bottom of the page.
Notable newcomers to the House of Commons included Alan Johnson, Derek Twigg, Hazel Blears, Charles Clarke, Yvette Cooper, Ruth Kelly, Jacqui Smith, Damian Green, Theresa May, Vince Cable, Martin Bell, John Bercow, Oona King, Tom Brake, Ed Davey, Owen Paterson, Maria Eagle, Ben Bradshaw, Lindsay Hoyle, Philip Hammond, Dominic Grieve, Caroline Spelman, Kelvin Hopkins, John Hayes, Chris Ruane, Oliver Letwin, Eleanor Laing, Andrew Lansley, Shaun Woodward, Michael Moore, Tim Loughton, Jim Murphy, Lembit Opik, David Drew, John Cryer, Barry Gardiner, Sir Desmond Swayne, and John McDonnell. Martin McGuinness was also elected; however, he did not take his seat.
During the 1997–2001 Parliament, Betty Boothroyd and Michael Martin served as Speaker, Tony Blair served as Prime Minister, and John Major and William Hague served as Leader of the Opposition. Dissolution of the 52nd Parliament was on 14 May 2001.
These representative diagrams show the composition of the parties in the 1997 general election.
Note: The Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru sit together as a party group, while Sinn Féin has not taken its seats. This is not the official seating plan of the House of Commons, which has five rows of benches on each side, with the government party to the right of the Speaker and opposition parties to the left, but with room for only around two-thirds of MPs to sit at any one time.
|Ulster Unionist Party||10|
|Scottish National Party||6|
|Social Democratic and Labour Party||3|
|Democratic Unionist Party||2|
|UK Unionist Party||1|
|Notional government majority||179|
|Effective government majority||180|
The effective majority is slightly higher as Sinn Féin members choose not to take up their seats, and the speaker doesn't usually vote. Speaker Betty Boothroyd was included in a Labour notional majority for statistical purposes.
- The election of Mark Oaten was declared void by the election court on 6 October 1997.
See the list of United Kingdom by-elections.