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Nigerians Elected as MP in the UK

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Three intelligent Nigerian women and one brave Nigerian were elected to the United Kingdom parliament in the just concluded UK elections. Among the 650 Members of Parliament (MPs) that contested for offices in the elections four are of Nigerian descent.

Here are quick facts about the four Nigerian-British three of whom are seeking re-election after serving out their terms.

Chuka Umunna
Chuka Umunna

Once described as ‘British Barack Obama, the 36-year old Lawyer founded and edited the online political magazine, The Multicultural Politics. Umunna has served as a Member of Parliament for Streatham under the Labour Party since 2010.

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Photo: Kate Osamor

 

For Kate Osamor who is contesting for the Edmonton seat under the Labour Party, politics runs in the family. Her mother, Martha Osamor is a local politician who is popular in her homestead. The senior was a former Haringey councillor and community leader on the Broadwater Farm estate in Tottenham. She was also vice-chair of the party’s Black section.

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Photo: Helen Grant

At 53, Grant is not showing any signs of ‘political fatigue’. Born to a Nigerian father and English mother, Grant is the current Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald in Kent and the current Minister for Sport, Tourism and Equalities. Although a former member of the Labor Party, Grant joined the Conservatives in 2006 and became the first black woman to be selected to defend a Tory seat and her election made her the Conservatives’ first female black MP.

Photo: Chi Onwurah
Photo: Chi Onwurah

She is a Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne Central and is the first black person to occupy this position for Newcastle. Onwurah is of mixed parentage with a Nigerian father and English mother. A graduate of Electrical Engineering, the 50-year old served as Head of Telecoms Technology at OFCOM, with a focus on broadband provision before she became a Member of Parliament.

They represent the major British political rival parties; conservative and Labour party. There were atleast two other Nigerians vying for the same position in the parliament but were not successful at the poll.

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