UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, won his seat out rightly and would remain in his office at 10 Downing Street in a keenly contested election described as “most uncertain general election for decades”. We are congratulating four Nigerians who won seats in the UK parliament.
The four British Politicians of Nigerian pedigree who won their respective parliamentary seats are – Helen Grant won the seat for Member of Parliament representing Maidstone and The Weald, Chuka Umunna won the elections to represent Streatham, Kate Osamor won the seat for Edmonton in North London while Chi Onwurah won the seat for New Castle upon Tyne Central.
50-year-old Chi Onwurah is Newcastle’s first black MP. Her father, from Nigeria, was working as a dentist while he studied at Newcastle Medical School when he met and married Chi’s mother in the 1950s.
After Chi was born in Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne, in 1965, her family moved to Awka, Nigeria when she was still a baby. Just two years later the Biafran Civil War broke out bringing famine with it, forcing her mother to bring the children back to Newcastle, whilst her father stayed on in the Biafran army.
53-year-old Ms. Grant won the seat for Member of Parliament representing Maidstone and The Weald in Kent. Grant was the first black woman to be selected to defend a Tory seat and her election made her the Conservatives’ first female black MP.
Chuka Umunna Chuka
36-year-old Chuka Harrison Umunna won the elections to represent Streatham.
His father Bennett died in a road accident in Nigeria in 1992. His mother, Patricia, is a solicitor and daughter of Sir Helenus Milmo QC, the Anglo-Irish High Court judge.
He was awarded an upper second class LLB in English and French Law from the University of Manchester. He has said that his politics and moral values come from Christianity.
Kate Osamor won Edmonton seat for Labour with a comfortable win over the Conservatives.
Ms Osamor, who has worked for the National Health Service (NHS) for 15 years, is a trade union activist, a women’s charity trustee and a member of the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee. She made funding the NHS, opposing its fragmentation and standing up to government cuts the centrepiece of her campaign.