14 Bangladeshi origin persons contest in UK polls

Fourteen candidates of Bangladeshi origin are contesting in the UK general election, scheduled to take place on June 8. Of them, 8 are contesting from Labour Party, one from Liberal Democrats, one from Friends and 4 as independent. The UK last went to polls on May 7, 2015, when the Conservatives came to power by winning the majority of 331 seats out of the 650 available in the parliament.

Five British Bangladeshis competed against each other for the Labour Party in that election in 2015. Three of them won: Rushanara Ali, Tulip Siddiq and Rupa Haq.

The three are also competing again this year from the same constituencies. They are joined by Anwar Babul Miah, Marina Ahmed, Raushan Ara, Foysol Chowdhury MBE and Abdullah Rumel Khan.

Saju Miah is standing as a Liberal Democrats candidate, while Afzal Choudhry is competing from the minor Friends Party.

Ajmal Masroor, Oliur Rahman, Abu Nowshed and Mirza Zillur are contesting as independent candidates.

Earlier on Apr 18, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced a snap general election on Jun 8, despite repeatedly claiming that she was against the idea of an early vote.

The prime minister claimed that opposition parties were jeopardising her government’s preparations for Brexit.

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