Saturday, 10 June 2017
7 Nigerians elected into UK parliament
No fewer than seven Nigerians have been re-elected into the United Kingdom parliament in an election held on Thursday. The MPs comprised of five females and two males. According to reports, the parliament members include Kemi Badenoch representing Saffron Walden; Chuka Umunna representing Streatham; Kate Osamor representing Edmonton; Bim Afolami representing Hitchin and Harpenden; Fiona Onasanya representing Peterborough; Helen Grant representing Maidstone and The Weald and Chi Onwurah representing Newcastle.
According to UK Telegraph, Onwurah, who contested under the Labour Party, won 24,071 votes to defeat Tory candidate, Steve Kyte, who had 9, 134 votes. Similarly, Umunna, 38, of the Labour Party, won the election to represent Streatham which she had represented since 2008.
Onwurah, 52, is said to be Newcastle’s first member of parliament, Osamor, 48, was also elected on the platform of LP, while Badenoch, 38, was elected on the platform of the Conservative Party.
Also, Onasanya, who ran on the platform of the Labour Party, was the deputy leader of the Labour Group on Cambridgeshire until her re-election, while Grant, 55, who represents Maidstone and The Weald since 2010, was said to be the first black member of parliament from Conservatives.
In the same vein, Afolami, who is of the Conservative Party won re-election, and she was quoted to have said, “I’m feeling completely over the moon to be the new MP for Hitchin and Harpenden. It’s such a great feeling. I’m completely honoured. I would like to pay tribute to my opponents who fought a fair and democratic fight.”
The Prime Minister, Theresa May, suffered a major setback in the tumultuous election, losing her overall majority in Parliament and throwing her government into uncertainty less than two weeks before it is scheduled to begin negotiations over withdrawing from the European Union.
May, the Conservative leader, called the snap election three years early, expecting to cruise to a smashing victory that would win her a mandate to see Britain through the long and difficult negotiations with European leaders over the terms of leaving the union.