26 British-Indian candidates, with roots from Kerala to Punjab, taste success (2024)

Though Rishi Sunak, a British-Indian politician, lost the 2024 UK general election as predicted, Indians have a reason to smile. Twenty-six Indian-origin candidates from both Labour and Conservative parties won the election. There were 15 Indian-origin MPs in the current House of Commons.

26 British-Indian candidates, with roots from Kerala to Punjab, taste success (1)

Indian-origin politicians won from both the main British parties in the election swept by the Labour. (Photo: Rishi Sunak/X)

Voters in the UK delivered a historic verdict. The Keir Starmer-led Labour Party secured a landslide victory, dethroning Rishi Sunak's Conservative Party after 14 years. Though Sunak, an Indian-origin politician, lost the general election, but the British-Indian community has something to smile about. Twenty-six Indian-origin candidates have emerged victorious in the 2024 general election in the UK.

This is a good showing by the British-Indian candidates as the current House of Commons has 15 Indian-origin MPs.

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This election in the UK saw a record number of 107 Indian-origin candidates contest the polls.

There are a million people who identify themselves as Hindus in the UK and are the third-largest religious group, according to the 2021 Census.

The Labour Party, which was punished by Indian-origin voters in the 2019 election because of its anti-India stance, has made amends under Keir Starmer. It fielded a record number of Indian-origin candidates in this election.

Here are the details of the British-Indian MPs and their respective seats who made it to the House of Commons from both the Conservative and Labour parties. The elected MPs have their roots in a range of Indian states, from Kerala to Punjab.

PRITI PATEL AMONG BRITISH-INDIAN CONSERVATIVES WHO WON

Rishi Sunak, the outgoing Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, has retained his northern England seat of Richmond and Northallerton despite the overall defeat to Labour in the general election.

"To the hundreds of Conservative candidates, thousands of volunteers, and millions of voters. Thank you for your hard work, thank you for your support, and thank you for your vote," Sunak wrote in a post on X.

Sunak fought till the end for the Conservatives, and his role in the Labour-majority House will soon be clear.

Priti Patel, a Conservative, has retained her Witham seat in Essex in the 2024 UK General Election.

Patel served as Secretary of State for the Home Department from 24 July 2019 to 6 September 2022 and has been the Conservative member of Parliament for Witham since May 2010.

In November 2013, she was appointed as the first-ever UK Indian Diaspora Champion by the Prime Minister.

Shivani Raja, a Conservative candidate, secured the Leicester East seat. Born in Leicester, she attended Herrick Primary, Soar Valley College, and Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College.

She graduated with First Class Honours in Cosmetic Science from De Montfort University.

Suella Braverman, a Conservative Party member and Indian-origin politician, secured victory in the Fareham and Waterlooville seat.

In the most recent cabinet reshuffle under Sunak's leadership, Braverman sparked controversy by stating that the Metropolitan Police were too lenient with pro-Palestine protesters.

She was subsequently replaced by James Cleverly as the interior minister. Braverman was the MP for Fareham from 2015 to 2024 and made history in 2021 as the first Cabinet Minister to have a baby while in office.

Gagan Mohindra, a Conservative, was re-elected from South West Hertfordshire.

He joined the Conservative Party in 2002.

His parents, both hailing from Punjab, immigrated to the United Kingdom before he was born. His paternal grandfather was a member of the British Indian Army.

Claire Coutinho from the Conservative Party won the East Surrey constituency. She secured 35.6% of the votes, totalling 17,502, while Thomas Bowell of the Labour Party received 10,052 votes.

DHESI AMONG INDIAN-ORIGIN LABOUR CANDIDATES WHO WON

Kanishka Narayan, a Labour Party candidate, defeated Alun Cairns, a former Welsh Secretary. Narayan, who is now Wales' first MP from a minority ethnic background, relocated to Cardiff from India at the age of 12.

He earned a scholarship to Eton, studied at Oxford and Stanford, and subsequently became a civil servant. His civil service career included roles in the Cabinet Office under David Cameron and the Environment Department under Liz Truss.

Narayan also has private sector experience, providing financial advice to businesses.

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Seema Malhotra held on to her Feltham and Heston constituency with a comfortable margin. She is serving as the Member of Parliament for Feltham and Heston since 2011. She has worked with the police and community groups to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

Valerie Vaz, a British Labour politician and solicitor, has secured the seat in Walsall and Bloxwich. She has been serving as the Member of Parliament for Walsall South since 2010.

Nadia Whittome, a British politician of Indian origin, secured victory in the Nottingham East constituency.

She first became the Member of Parliament for Nottingham East in the 2019 United Kingdom general election.

Representing the Labour Party, she was elected at the age of 23 and held the distinction of being the youngest serving MP until Keir Mather's election in 2023.

Preet Kaur Gill from the Labour Party was re-elected from the Birmingham Edgbaston seat. She is the first British Sikh female member of Parliament and serves as the UK Shadow Minister for Primary Care and Public Health.

"It is an honuor and a privilege to be re-elected as MP for Birmingham Edgbaston. Thank you to everyone who put their trust in me. I will continue to serve the people and place I love," Preet Kaur Gill wrote in a post on X.

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Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi from the Labour Party was re-elected as the MP for Slough.

He first won the Slough seat in the 2017 General Election with a 17,000 majority and was re-elected in 2019.

Dhesi became the first turbaned Sikh in any European Parliament.

Born in Berkshire, he spent his formative years in Slough, then received most of his primary education in Punjab, India, before returning to the UK at age nine.

Sojan Joseph, a Labour Party candidate, won the election in the Ashford constituency, sparking celebrations at his residence in Kottayam. He is reportedly the first Keralite to be elected to the British Parliament.

Sojan defeated Damien Green by 1779 votes in Ashford, Kent, a constituency traditionally held by the Conservative Party for decades. He currently serves as a borough councillor representing Aylesford and East Stour ward, and works as a mental health nurse in the National Health Service (NHS).

A graduate of Kottayam Mannanam K E College, Sojan migrated to the UK in 2001 after completing his nursing studies in Bangalore. He began his nursing career in Britain.

Sojan's wife, Brighta Joseph, is also a nurse, and they have three children - Hannah, Sarah, and Mathew.

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Lisa Nandy from the Labour Party retained her Wigan seat, which she has represented since 2010, securing 19,401 votes. Andy Dawber polled in second place.

Her father, Dipak Nandy, a Kolkata-born Marxist academic and politician, dedicated his life to advocating for racial and gender equality.

Navendu Mishra from the Labour Party won the Stockport seat. He was elected as the Member of Parliament for Stockport in the 2019 General Election.

Mishra's mother is from Gorakhpur, and his father is from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

Before entering politics, Mishra worked as a shop-floor trade unionist in Stockport and later became an organiser for the Unison trade union.

Satvir Kaur, a British Indian politician from the Labour Party, secured the Southampton Test seat. She joined the Labour Party in 2011.

The Labour Party that saw the maximum number of winning Indian-origin candidates

Several newcomers among British-Indians made a significant impact for the Labour Party, including Jas Athwal (Ilford South), Baggy Shanker (Derby South), Harpreet Uppal (Huddersfield), Warinder Juss (Wolverhampton West), Gurinder Josan (Smethwick), Sonia Kumar (Dudley), Sureena Brackenbridge (Wolverhampton North East), Kirith Entwistle (Bolton North East), and Jeevun Sandher (Loughborough).

Liberal Democrats, a political party in the UK that saw significant gains with over 60 seats, saw Munira Wilson reclaim her Twickenham constituency.

Munira Wilson is a British-Indian Liberal Democrat politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Twickenham since the 2019 general election.

They are set to take their seats in Parliament next week.

Published By:

Girish Kumar Anshul

Published On:

Jul 5, 2024

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