British Indians are remarkably well-represented in the UK General Election of 2024, as multiple candidates were able to win seats in the House of Commons. The Indian diaspora in the UK is experiencing a momentous occasion with this election, which underscores their increasing impact and involvement in British politics.

British Indians Celebrating Victory in the House of Commons

There were fifteen Members of Parliament of Indian descent in the outgoing House of Commons, and after the elections in 2024, it is expected that this figure would increase. For the 650 seats up for grabs, 107 British-Indian candidates ran, demonstrating their strong involvement and presence in the political sphere.

Rishi Sunak

Although his party performed poorly nationally, the incumbent prime minister, Rishi Sunak, was able to effectively hold onto his seat in northern England. Leader of the Conservative Party Sunak expressed his gracious acceptance of the change in leadership by saying, “Today, power will change hands in a peaceful and orderly manner with goodwill on all sides.” But the Labour Party made substantial gains, while his party suffered unheard-of losses.

Shivani Raja

In Leicester East, Shivani Raja defeated the Labour Party to win the seat. Raja, who was born in Leicester, attended Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College, Herrick Primary, and Soar Valley College, therefore she has a close relationship to her community. She obtained her degree in Cosmetic Science with First Class Honours from De Montfort University (DMU).

Kanishka Narayan

When Kanishka Narayan became the first MP from a minority ethnic origin in Wales, history was created. He won the Labour Party seat by defeating Alun Cairns, the former Welsh Secretary. Narayan, who was born in India and migrated to Cardiff when he was twelve, received a scholarship to study at Eton, then Stanford and Oxford. He held a civil service position before to going into politics.

Suella Braverman

Suella Braverman kept her position in Waterlooville and Fareham. In Sunak’s previous cabinet upheaval, she was replaced as interior minister by James Cleverly. Known for her candid opinions, Braverman recently made news when she discussed how the Metropolitan Police handled demonstrations in support of Palestine.

A Shift in the Political Landscape

The UK General Election of 2024 has been a pivotal event, especially for the Labour Party, which is expected to win by a wide margin. Under Keir Starmer’s leadership, Labour is expected to secure an astounding 410 of 650 parliamentary seats, indicating a noteworthy reversal from its lowest-ever showing five years prior. A 14-year Conservative-led government is coming to an end with this change, as the Labour Party is expected to take a dominating majority of 170 seats.

Final Thoughts

The growing number of British Indian members of the House of Commons demonstrates the multicultural and varied nature of the British people. These recently elected Members of Parliament bring a plethora of knowledge, education, and a commitment to public service with them when they assume office. In addition to symbolising a change in political power, the UK General Election of 2024 honours the contributions made by the Indian diaspora to national governance.

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