Rushanara Ali has become the first MP of Bangladesh origin. She competed in Bethnal Green and Bow constituency and secured 21,792 votes.
The election also saw MPs of Indian origin as well. For the first time, in the history of the
Keith Vaz’s older sister, former TV presenter, Valerie Vaz, has been elected from the Walsall South constituency. Valerie Vaz replaced Bruce George who had held the seat since 1974.
Another Indian woman, Priti Patel, who stood from Conservative Party, had been elected from the Witham constituency. Patel was introduced to politics by former Conservative leader, Cecil Parkinson. Her parents were originally from
Virendra Sharma and Marsha Singh are among other Indian-origin candidates to win the election.Virendra Sharma retained his seat in the Ealing Southall constituency by defeating another Indian origin candidate, Tory’s Gurcharan Singh. Sharma received 22,024 votes while Gurcharan Singh received 12,733 votes. Virendra Sharma was first elected as MP from Ealing Southall in July 2007. It was a by-election held after the death of the Labour MP Piara Khabra.
Marsha Singh has been elected from Bradford West by getting 18,401 votes. He beat
conservative candidate, Zahid Iqbal, who received 12,638 votes. In 1997, Marsha Singh was first elected as MP for Bradford West.
Another Indian-origin conservative candidate, Paul Uppa, replaced Labour MP, Rob Marris, at the Wolverhampton Southwest constituency. Uppa defeated Paul by 691 votes. The city of
Shailesh Vara who compete in the election for Conservatives won the seat at Cambridgeshire North West. This is his second win. He received 50% of the total votes and also increased his majority to 17,000 from just under 10,000 in 2005.