UK elections: First-timers Sunak, Fernandes among 10 Indian-origin MPs

  • Prasun Sonwalkar, Hindustan Times, London
  • Updated: May 08, 2015 22:38 IST

Suella Fernandes (Conservative) and Rishi Sunak (Conservative) were among the 10-member group of MPs of Indian-origin who were declared elected, while 49 other candidates from the British Indian community were not successful.

The 55th elections saw a record number of candidates of Indian origin, including the teenager, Jaspreet Mahal (Green), and the two brother-sister duos, Keith and Valerie Vaz (Labour) and Arun and Suria Photey (Conservative). However, Mahal and the Photeys were not successful.

Most MPs in the last parliament retained their seats, except Paul Uppal (Conservative), who lost from Wolverhampton South West by 801 votes. The 10 candidates elected included five each from the Conservative and Labour parties.

They are:


: Priti Patel, Rishi Sunak, Alok Sharma, Shailesh Vara and Suella Fernandes.


: Keith Vaz, Valerie Vaz, Virendra Sharma, Seema Malhotra and Lisa Nandy.

Among the newly-elected British Asian MPs was Labour’s Tulip Siddiq, grand-daughter of Bangladesh's founder Mujibur Rahman and niece of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina from Hampstead and Kilburn in London.



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