There are 41 black and Asian MPs in parliament
Campaigners and politicians gathered at a special reception to mark the record number of Asian and black MPs.
In total there are 41 minority members of parliament which is the highest ever diverse representation however it equates to just 6.3 per cent of all MPs.
The population of ethnic minorities in the UK stands at12.9 per cent.
Home Secretary Theresa May spoke at the event which was organised by Operation Black Vote which fights for greater racial and social justice.
She said: “Eighteen years ago, when I first entered parliament, I looked across the green benches around me and saw a chamber that was too white, too male, and with too many people from the same walk of life.
“Thanks to the fantastic work of organisations like Operation Black Vote (OBV), we’ve come a long way and parliament is better for it. There is a record number of black and ethnic minority MPs, more women than ever before, and an increasing number of openly gay MPs.
“But we still have so much further to go. This is something I have found all too often in the Home Office – and it’s why I’ve been determined to open up the closed shop of policing and ensure that police forces properly reflect the communities they serve.
“We want greater diversity in policing and I hope that the coming PCC (police crime commissioner) elections in May will see a diverse range of candidates too.”
In May several first time Asian MPs were elected including Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, Naz Shah and Rishi Sunak.
Director of OBV, Simon Woolley said: “Today we celebrate a record number of black and minority Ethnic MP’s in parliament. British politics and British society greatly benefits when we can utilise diversity’s teaming talent pool. That’s why today we are announcing that in the months ahead we will begin a new MP and business shadowing scheme.
“Politicians such Clive Lewis MP as former Ministers Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Helen Grant MP came through the talent pools of OBV. Delivering greater representation helps ensure that all communities have voice and a real sense of belonging.”