Even as the UK votes on Thursday after one of the most vocal debates on immigration and minority communities in the nation, a record 56 Indian-origin candidates are contesting the June 8 snap elections.
Amongst these candidates are veterans of Indian-origin who are defending comfortable victory margins that include Shailesh Vara, Virendra Sharma, Keith Vaz, Alok Sharma and Priti Patel. All of them are renowned MPs of UK Parliament and are holding large voter shares in their constituencies, as quoted by the Times of India.
Candidates who are being closely watched also include Conservative candidate in Wolverhampton South West Paul Uppal. In order to return to the UK Parliament this time he will need to secure more votes than the majority of mere 801 votes that he held in the 2015 elections.
Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi the Labor candidate from the Slough constituency will be entering the UK parliament for the first time if he manages to win this seat that is currently being held by his own party’s Fiona Mactaggart since 1997.
Kuldip Singh Sahota another Labor party candidate from the Telford constituency has high chances of getting elected as the MP. If Preet Kaur Gill another Labor candidate wins the Birmingham Edgbaston constituency, she will become the first Sikh woman to enter the UK Parliament.
Royal Holloway University’s Rakib Ehsan who is an expert in the trends of public opinion in the ethnic minority community in the UK has said that in several marginal seats Indian-origin voters are in a position to swing the results. Similar view has been expressed by City Sikhs Founder Chair Jasvir Singh that the votes of the ethnic minority is greater than majority communities votes in most of the marginal seats numbering up to 50 and can make a huge difference.
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