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The British Parliament celebrates Indian-origin MPs

The British Parliament celebrates Indian origin MPs pardesi news 1459247782

The British Parliament held a special event to celebrate Indian-origin MPs and commemorated Dadabhai Naoroji as the first Asian to be elected to the House of Commons way back in 1892.

The event saw several of the 41 Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) MPs coming together at an event in the Parliament complex in London. The number of BME politicians elected to Parliament at the May 2015 elections rose to 41 from 25 in 2010. The May election witnessed a record number of  Indian-origin candidates including Prominent Labour candidates like long-serving MPs Keith Vaz, Ruling Conservatives' Indian-origin stalwart, and British Prime Minister David Cameron's Indian Diaspora champion Priti Patel and Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy's son-in-law Rishi Sunak were elected to the British parliament.

Simon Woolley, the Director of event organizer Operation Black Vote (OBV) said, “Today we celebrate a record number of BME MPs in Parliament. British politics and British society greatly benefits when we can utilise diversity's teaming talent pool. That's why today we are announcing that in the months ahead we will begin a new MP and business shadowing scheme”.  

"There is a record number of black and ethnic minority MPs, more women than ever before, and an increasing number of openly gay MPs. But we still have so much further to go," added UK home secretary Theresa May.

The OBV event was held to celebrate the increase of BME MPs from just 5 during the mid-90’, when the organization began, to a current record number of 41, which is 6.3% of all the UK MPs.

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