An electoral landslide means a host of new faces in Westminster, all of whom will be looking to make their mark. If an MP, however new or inexperienced, chooses to focus on an issue they can make a change. Think of Norman Lamb on mental health, Diana Johnson on contaminated blood or Will Quince on baby loss.
Who from the 2019 intake will make their mark? Here are five who might make an impact:
- After losing the seat in 2017, Dr James Davies managed to return Vale of Clwyd to the Conservatives. He previously sat on the Health and Social Care Select Committee and highlighted disparities between health outcomes in Wales and the rest of the UK. With the Conservatives making sweeping gains in Wales, this could be a key dividing line with Labour
- Florence Eshalomi, the new Labour MP for Vauxhall, has spoken passionately about her and her mother’s experiences of Sickle Cell Anaemia. She’s also a strong campaigner on improving equality and ensuring the voice of minority groups are represented
- Munira Wilson succeeds Vince Cable as Lib Dem MP for Twickenham. With extensive experience in health policy, gained during her time in NHS Digital, Novartis, Save the Children and Beating Bowel Cancer, expect her to rise quickly in the Lib Dem ranks
- With over a decade of experience as a doctor, Dr Luke Evans understands the everyday pressures NHS staff face and is the new Conservative MP for Hinckley and Bosworth. He’s already met with Matt Hancock to discuss the problems facing lack of local facilities for his new constituency
- Taiwo Owatemi is a qualified pharmacist and is the new Labour MP for Coventry North-West. She has written and spoken extensively about the impact of Brexit on health and social care. With community pharmacies feeling the squeeze, will she become an advocate for the sector?