SWITZERLAND, DECEMBER 13 – There are mixed fortunes for British citizens of Nigerian descent in the last United Kingdom elections. While Liberal Democratpolitician , Chuka Umunna lost the contest for the City of London seat, Conservative MP, Kemi Badenoch got re-elected.
Chukka Umunna has lost his battle for a City of London seat despite a 13 per cent Remain-fuelled swing to the Liberal Democrats.
The former Labour MP and Change UK founder came second behind Conservative Nickie Aiken in the battle for the Cities of London and Westminster constituency, losing by 3,953 votes.
Mr Umunna, a former Labour leadership candidate, was once dubbed the ‘British Obama’ but faces an uncertain future after his defeat tonight after being unable to take full advantage of the constituency’s 72 per cent Remain supporter base.
Speaking after his defeat, he vowed to continue as a Liberal Democrat, having previously jumped ship from Labour and Change UK.
He said: ‘We must respect the choice the people have made today, both to re-elect Boris Johnson and the Conservatives into government, and for Labour to continue as the Official Opposition.
‘I wish them the very best – it is in all our interests that they live up to the trust invested in them today.
‘In particular, congratulations to Nickie Aiken, the new Member of Parliament for the Cities of London and Westminster.
‘For the liberal, internationalist, pro-European, progressive, centre-ground of British politics, the Liberal Democrats still have a vital role to play, despite the disappointing results of this general election..’
Meanwhile, Kemi Badenoch has been re-elected as a Member of the UK parliament.
Badenoch, who contested the election on the platform of the Conservatives was appointed the Minister for Children and Families in July by the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
She expressed her gratitude to her constituents, who voted for her and also promised to serve those who didn’t vote for her for the next five years.”