Seven of the newly elected MPs in the just concluded General Elections in the United Kingdom are of Nigerian origin.
Four retained their seats while three were elected to Parliament for the first time.
The four who retained their seats were, Chuka Umunna (Labour – Streatham), Chi Onwurah (Labour – Newcastle Central), Kate Osamor (Labour – Edmonton) and Helen Grant (Conservative – Maidstone & The Weald)
The three newly elected MPs are:
Bim Afolami, a Conservative MP representing the safe Tory seat of Hitchin & Harpenden, albeit with a vastly reduced majority from 20,055 to 12,033.
Kemi Badenoch is another newly elected MP of Nigerian origin. She represents another safe Tory seat in Essex, Safron Waldon, where unlike her colleague, Bim Afolami, she increased her majority to 24,966 making her the Tory MP with the largest majority in Essex.
Another newly elected MP of Nigerian origin is Fiona Onasanya of the Labour party who represents Peterborough constituency. Ms Onasanya edged out the incumbent MP, a Tory politician with only 607 votes. Her victory is probably due to the decision of UKIP, Britain’s anti-immigration party, not to field a candidate in her constituency with a view to ensuring a smooth passage to Parliament for the incumbent Conservative MP, Stewart Jackson. As it turned out, however, a majority of the 8,000 votes UKIP got during the last election went to Labour.
Her victory was one of the upsets recorded during Thursday’s election.