I am truly proud of Londoners who saw real sense and overwhelmingly chose ‘son of a bus driver’ Sadiq Khan to be our Mayor.
The Tories threw whatever mud they could in a fight which has been labelled ‘dog whistling’ and ‘racist’ even by members of the Conservative Party. Despite this negative campaigning, Sadiq stayed positive and because of it, London voted for him.
I will leave you with a picture of my favourite moment from the last year. Sadiq Khan mixing Swaminarayan Khichdi at Willesden Temple. Yes We Khan
A record number of ethnic minorities have been elected to Parliament.
There are now 27 ethnic minority MPs, 11 more than were produced at the 2005 General election. Sadly we lost Dawn Butler in Brent Central, who was the first (and so far only) black female Government Minister in the House of Commons.
Sadiq Khan was re-elected as MP for Tooting running a fantastic ‘Yes We Khan’ campaign. Unfortunately, Maryam Khan was unsuccessful in repeating this success in Bury North. Priti Patel became the first Conservative Asian female MP. Tory candidate Shaun Bailey was unsuccessful in his quest to become Hammersmith MP. Labour’s Rushanara Ali made history in becoming the first Bangladeshi MP by taking Bethnal Green and Bow from the Respect Party.
Good news for Yasmin Qureshi who was our unsuccessful Parliamentary candidate in Brent East in 2005. She has now been elected as the MP for Bolton South East.
Every single Lib Dem MP is white, and once again, the Lib Dems have failed to contribute to provide us with the representation in Parliament that the United Kingdom deserves, and only the Labour Party and the Conservative Party have contributed to make Parliament more representative of the people.
All the focus seems to be on coalitions, the hung Parliament and the Governance situation, but lets not forget that we have come a long way in the 2010 election on ethnic minority representation.
Nonetheless, we must also not forget that there is still a long way to go before we get 60 ethnic minority MPs, which is the number needed to make Parliament representative of the nation.