Meet the desis in UK Parliament

Read about the Indian-origin MPs who will now represent UK parliamentary constituencies

Indian-origin UK election winners

Preet Kaur Gill - Birmingham Edgbaston (Labour)

Gill is UK's first Sikh woman MP. She holds a First-class honour’s degree in sociology and social work from the University of East London. She has worked in India researching street children while working with UNICEF and other NGOs. (Others)

Indian-origin UK election winners

Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (aka Tan) - Slough (Labour)

Dhesi, 29, is the first turban wearing Sikh in the House of Commons. He was born in Berkshire but received most of his early education in Punjab, India. He returned to the UK to finish his primary schooling in Gravesend. Throughout his life, he has remained deeply connected to Slough. (Facebook)

Indian-origin UK election winners

Keith Vaz - Leicester East seat (Labour)

Vaz, 61, is the British Parliament's longest-serving British Asian MP. He has been the Leicester East MP since 1987. He was appointed a member of the Privy Council in June 2006. He was Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee from July 2007, but resigned from this role in September 2016 after allegations about his private life were published by the Sunday Mirror. (Facebook)

Indian-origin UK election winners

Shailesh Vara - Cambridgeshire North West (Tory)

Vara, 57, was elected MP for North West Cambridgeshire in the 2005 general election. Vara has previously been a Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party. In the 2010 general elections, he was appointed Assistant Whip in the coalition government. On October 7, 2013, he was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice.
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Indian-origin UK election winners

Lisa Nandy - Wigan (Labour)

Nandy, 38, has been the Wigan MP since 2010, having served under Jeremy Corbyn as Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change between September 2015 and June 2016. Earlier, she had served as the Shadow Minister for Children and then the Shadow Minister for Charities. Nandy was born in Manchester in a Bengali family. She grew up both in Manchester and in Bury, Greater Manchester, to where her family later moved. (Facebook)

Indian-origin UK election winners

Seema Malhotra - Feltham & Heston (Labour)

Malhotra, 45, has been the Feltham and Heston MP since a by-election following the 2011 death of Alan Keen. Of Indian descent, Malhotra is a former management consultant who worked for Accenture and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. She founded the Fabian Women's Network and was a previous National Chair of the Young Fabians. While Labour was in government before 2010 she worked as an adviser to Liam Byrne and Ian Austin when they were regional ministers for the West Midlands. (Facebook)

Indian-origin UK election winners

Valerie Vaz - Walsall South seat (Labour)

Vaz, 63, is a politician and solicitor. She served as the Walsall South MP since 2010. Vaz was born in Aden, Yemen. Her family originates from Goa, India, and settled in Twickenham and then East Sheen, London. Vaz attended Bedford College, University of London where she completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Biochemistry in 1978. (Facebook)

Indian-origin UK election winners

Alok Sharma - Reading West (Tory)

Sharma, 50, was elected in 2010 as the Reading West MP, a post he has defended in the current elections too. In 2016, he was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office by Theresa May. (Facebook)

Indian-origin UK election winners

Rishi Sunak - Richmond (Tory)

Rishi Sunak, 37, has retained the Richmond seat. He was elected as a Conservatives MP in the 2015 elections. Sunak is the son-in-law of Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy. He was educated at Winchester College and Lincoln College, Oxford, and later did his MBA from Stanford University. (Facebook)

Indian-origin UK election winners

Suella Fernandes - Fareham (Tory)

Fernandes, 37, popularly known as Suella Fernandes, has been the Fareham MP since May 2015. Suella's parents immigrated to Britain in the '60s from Kenya and Mauritius. Suella was born in Harrow, London and grew up in Wembley. During her undergraduate studies, she was President of the Cambridge University Conservative Association. (Facebook)