Seven candidates of Nigerian heritage have been elected to represent constituencies in the United Kingdom’s parliament. Two were running under the blue banner of the Conservatives, whilst the other five are part of the Labour Party.
The candidates were elected during the snap-election held on Thursday.
The winners are Chuka Umunna representing Streatham; Bim Afolami, Hitchin and Harpenden; Fiona Onasanya, Peterborough; Chi Onwurah, Newcastle; Kate Osamor, Edmonton; Kemi Badenoch, Saffron Walden; and Helen Grant, Maidstone and The Weald.
Onasanya, a first-timer running for Peterborough’s seat, beat the longstanding Conservative candidate, Stewart Jackson, by 607 votes.
Onasanya said in a statement after claiming the seat: “I’m just so grateful. I agree with Jeremy Corbyn that politics has changed tonight. The people know there is a better way. I think I won because people saw that their vote matters.”
Umunna, Chi Onwurah, Kate Osamor and Helen Grant were all re-elected to represent their constituencies. Helen Grant like Umunna and Onwurah was first elected in 2010. Osamor was elected in 2015 to represent Edmonton.
The U.K. election returned a surprising result on Thursday, seeing the Conservatives lose a number of seats in Parliament to their opposition party. The demographic of voters itself has drawn wide-interest, and with an increase in youth voters – all crossing their ballot papers for a new model of politics – this multi-cultural bench in the famed House of Commons, could signify the start of a new era in British politics.