Virendra Sharma

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Virendra Kumar Sharma
MP
Virendra Sharma (cropped).jpg
Member of Parliament
for Ealing Southall
Incumbent
Assumed office
19 July 2007
Preceded by Piara Khabra
Majority 9,291 (21.7%)
Personal details
Born (1947-04-05) 5 April 1947 (age 67)
India
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater London School of Economics
Occupation Politician
Religion Hindu
Website virendrasharma.com

Virendra Kumar Sharma (born 5 April 1947[1]) is a British Labour Party politician and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ealing Southall since 2007.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Virendra Sharma was elected as MP in the Ealing Southall by-election, held on 19 July 2007. The by-election was called following the death of the sitting Labour MP, Piara Khabra on 19 June 2007.[2] Sharma held on to the seat at the 2010 General Election.

In November 2008, the then Labour government gave Sharma the role of Parliamentary Private Secretary[3] to the Minister of State at the Treasury and Home Office, Phil Woolas MP, who had responsibility for borders and immigration. Sharma resigned from this post in January 2009 in protest at the Labour government's proposal to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

Sharma is a member of the parliamentary select committees on Health, Human Rights and International Development. He has made official overseas visits as an MP to Cyprus, Kenya, various regions of India, Mauritius and South Korea. He is Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils.[4] He supported David Miliband in the 2010 Labour leadership election.

In September 2011, Sharma was investigated by the Electoral Commission, over a £5,000 donation allegedly made by the Indian Tourist Board and not declared in the Parliamentary register of members' interests. Sharma strenouously denied receiving the donation ""I have never received a donation from Indiatourism and have therefore never been liable to make a declaration in the Parliamentary register of members' interests".[5] Virendra Sharma was ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing in December 2011.

Background[edit]

Virendra Sharma was born in India in 1947 and educated at the London School of Economics on a trade union scholarship.[6] He speaks fluent Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu. He is a high caste Brahmin Hindu and is married with a grown-up son and daughter and three grandchildren.

Sharma came to Hanwell from India in 1968 and became a bus conductor on the 207 route, later working as a day services manager for people with learning disabilities in Hillingdon. He started his political career by joining the Liberal Party, then switched to Labour in later years. He was Race Equalities Officer to the Labour Party nationally.

He was a local councillor in the London Borough of Ealing from 1982–2010 and was Mayor for part of his time as councillor.[6] He was criticised by councillors from other political parties for his level of attendance at council meetings[7] and stood down as a local councillor at the 2010 local elections.

Sharma is currently also a school governor at the Three Bridges and Wolf Fields schools.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Piara Khabra
Member of Parliament for Ealing Southall
2007present
Incumbent