In the recent British elections, Theresa May expected to bolster her position in power but found the Labour party snatching seats leaving the Conservative party eight seats short of the majority needed and resulting in a hung parliament. 5 of the candidates who May’s Conservative counterparts lost out to were Labour candidates of Nigerian heritage while 2 of May’s counterparts who also happen to possess Nigerian genes became MPs for the first time. Altogether, 7 of the UK’s newly-elected Members of Parliament possess Nigerian roots. They are Bim Afolabi and Kemi Badenoch of the Conservative Party and Fiona Onasanya, Chuka Umunna, Chi Onwurah, Kate Osamor and Helen Grant of the Labour Party.

The New Comers

Bim Afolami, MP of Hitchin and Harpenden, Secured 71.48% of vote. (Conservative)

Bim Afolami, MP of Hitchin and Harpenden, Secured 71.48% of vote. (Conservative)

Fiona Onasanya, MP of Peterborough, Secured 48.1% of vote. (Labour)

Fiona Onasanya, MP of Peterborough, Secured 48.1% of vote. (Labour)

Kemi Badenoch, MP of Saffron Walden, Secured 62% of vote. (Conservative)

Kemi Badenoch, MP of Saffron Walden, Secured 62% of vote. (Conservative)

Re-Elected

Chuka Umunna, MP of Streatham, Secured 68.5% of vote. (Labour)

Chuka Umunna, MP of Streatham, Secured 68.5% of vote. (Labour)

Chi Onwurah, MP of Newcastle, Secured 64.89%% of vote. (Labour)

Chi Onwurah, MP of Newcastle, Secured 64.89%% of vote. (Labour)

Kate Osamor, MP of Edmonton, Secured 71.48% of vote. (Labour)

Kate Osamor, MP of Edmonton, Secured 71.48% of vote. (Labour)

Helen Grant, MP of Maidstone and the Weald, Secured 56.4% of vote. (Conservative)

Helen Grant, MP of Maidstone and the Weald, Secured 56.4% of vote. (Conservative)