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Record Number of Pakistani-origin MPs in UK polls

London, 09 May, (Asiantribune.com):

Pakistani-origin MPs have improved their tally in Britain's House of Commons after the just-concluded general election with a total of 10 elected candidates, drawing level with their Indian colleagues.

Earlier, there were seven Pakistani-origin MPs in the Commons. Now the figure has risen to 10, with one name common to both lists - Sajid Javid - whose father is, according to him, Indian and his mother Pakistani.

The Commons' charge was led by British-Pakistani Sajid Javid, the Conservative party's first Muslim cabinet minister, who served as culture, media and sports secretary in Prime Minister David Cameron's first Cabinet.

Javid, whose father arrived from rural Pakistan in the 1960s and worked as a bus conductor and driver in the UK, was re-elected as Bromsgrove MP with huge 28,133 votes.

Earlier, there were seven Pakistani-origin MPs in the Commons. Now the figure has risen to 10, with one name common to both lists - Sajid Javid - whose father is, according to him, Indian and his mother Pakistani.

"Voters have supported the Conservatives as they did not want to see the economic recovery put at risk," he said after his win.

Other Conservatives from Pakistan to make a mark include Rehman Chisti from Gillingham & Rainham and Nurat Ghani from Wealden.

However, it is the Opposition Labour which has scored the most wins - Yasmin Qureshi from Bolton South East, Shabana Mahmood from Birmingham Ladywood, Khalid Mahmood from Birmingham Perry Bar, Imran Hussain from Bradford East, Sadiq Khan from Tooting and Naseem Shah who caused one of the biggest upsets of election night by defeating favourite-to-win Respect Party MP George Galloway in Bradford West.

There was also a Scottish Pakistani who joined in the Scottish National Party's overall success, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh from Ochil & South Perthshire in Scotland.

For British-Bangladeshis, it was mostly a Labour party sweep with Rushanara Ali holding on to her Bethnal Green & Bow seat and first-timer Rupa Huq won by a close margin in Ealing Central & Acton.

Another first-time MP, Tulip Siddiq, who is the granddaughter of Bangladesh's founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, made history in Hampstead & Kilburn.

- Asian Tribune -

British-Pakistani Sajid Javid, the Conservative party's first Muslim cabinet minister
Tulip Siddiq, who is the granddaughter of Bangladesh's founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
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