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Dec 14, 2019
2:44PM

15 Indian-origin politicians elected to House of Commons in UK

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In the United Kingdom, 15 Indian-origin politicians have entered the House of Commons in the historic general election held on Thursday. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative party registered a thumping majority. Indian-origin candidates across both, the ruling Conservative and Opposition Labour parties registered equally strong results of seven wins each. Around a dozen MPs retained their seats alongside some new faces, making the number in the UK's lower house to 15.    
   
The former UK Home Secretary Priti Patel is likely to remain in Johnson's top team in the new Cabinet, after her comfortable win.

Gagan Mohindra and Claire Coutinho won for the Conservative Party, Navendru Mishra for Labour and Munira Wilson for the Liberal Democrats is among the first-timers.

Among other winners are former International Development Minister Alok Sharma, Shailesh Vara, Goan-origin Suella Braverman, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, Preet Kaur Gill, Virendra Sharma among others.

The far-right Brexit Party, which had fielded a number of Indian-origin candidates, failed to make a dent in the election, which marked the biggest win for the Conservatives since the 1980s. 

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