- British Asians in politics of the United Kingdom
British Asians have played a large role in the recent politics of the United Kingdom. People from the
Indian subcontinenthave had a role in the politics of the United Kingdom, starting from the British educated Indians who struggled for independence as well as Indians who became Members of Parliament. Second- and third- generation British Asianshave managed to become involved in politics at trade union, local and national level.
British Asians in Parliament
British Asians have also made an impact on the
parliament of the United Kingdom. The first Asian Member of Parliament(MP) was Dadabhai Naorojiin 1892. He was quickly followed by fellow Parsis Mancherjee Bhownagreeand Shapurji Saklatvaladuring the late 19th/early 20th centuries.
No other British Asian MP was elected until
Keith Vazwas elected to the House of Commons in 1987. He was followed by others such as Piara Khabra, Niranjan Deva, Parmjit Dhanda, Swaraj Paul, Mohammad Sarwar(the first British Muslim MP), Khalid Mahmoodand Parmjit Singh Gill. The first British-born Muslims to be elected to Parliament were Shahid Malikand Sadiq Khanin 2005, both of Asian descent.
Several British Asians have also been awarded
peerages to sit in the House of Lords, including Lord Desai, Baroness Uddin, Lord Alli, Lord Bilimoria, Lord Dholakia and Baroness Dunn(who, in a British English context is not Asian, but Oriental or Chinese).
* [http://www.movinghere.org.uk/galleries/histories/asian/politics/politics.htm Asians in British politics]
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