List of ethnic minority politicians in the United Kingdom

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The list of people who belong to ethnic minorities who have been elected as Members of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, European Union, and other British devolved assemblies and also Members of the non-elected House of Lords.

In 2001, Professor Muhammad Anwar of Warwick University wrote a paper entitled "The participation of ethnic minorities in British politics" that was published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (2001) that in part examined the representation of ethnic minorities at national levels of the British political system.[1] In a chapter in the edited book Race and British Electoral Politics (Routledge, 1998), Andrew Geddes, now Professor of Politics at University of Sheffield, explored the question of "what factors contribute to low levels of ethnic minority representation in the House of Commons".[2]

According to Rajeev Syal and Ami Sedghi, the first ethnic minority MP was elected in 1892.[3] This was Dadabhai Naoroji, but a House of Commons Library briefing paper states that "[t]he history of non-white Members of Parliament probably begins with David Ochterlony Dyce Sombre, who was of mixed European and Indian descent". Sombre was elected in 1841 but the result of the election was overturned due to evidence of bribery and he lost his seat. The briefing paper also notes that John Stewart, who was elected as the MP for Lymington in 1832, was possibly of mixed ethnicity. There had been Jewish MPs before this, but they were generally considered a religious rather than an ethnic minority.[4]

At the 2001 general election, the Parliament of the United Kingdom had twelve ethnic minority Members of Parliament, and after the 2005 general election; that number increased to fifteen.[5] With the 2010 general election, the Parliament of the United Kingdom reported that the number of ethnic minority MPs increased by nearly three-quarters, to a total of 26.[6] The first three Muslim female MPs were elected.[6] All ethnic minority MPs were either Labour (15) or Conservative (11).[6] In October 2013, the UK Parliament reported that the number of ethnic minority MPs stood at 27, 4.2% of the total.[7]

After the 2015 general election, 41 MPs from an ethnic minority background were elected to Parliament. 25 of the previous 27 ethnic minority MPs retained their seats and were joined by 16 new ethnic minority MPs.[8] In the 2017 general election, 52 ethnic minority MPs were elected, including 32 Labour MPs, 19 Conservatives and one Liberal Democrat, according to think tank British Future[9] and the House of Commons Library.[4]

Based on data from unofficial sources including Operation Black Vote, the House of Commons Library estimates that there are 45 ethnic minority members of the House of Lords as of July 2017. 15 of these are affiliated with the Labour Party, 13 are crossbenchers, five each are Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and non-affiliated, and two are bishops.[4]

List of ethnic minority Members of Parliament[edit]

Party Portrait Name Constituency Year elected Year left Reason Ethnicity
Whig Dyce-sombre.jpg David Ochterlony Dyce Sombre[7][10] Sudbury 1841 1842 Unseated by petition Anglo-Indian
Liberal Dadabhai Naoroji 1889.jpg Dadabhai Naoroji[7][10] Finsbury Central 1892 1895 Defeated British Indian
Conservative Mancherjee.jpg Mancherjee Bhownagree[7][10] Bethnal Green North East 1895 1906 Defeated British Indian
Communist Shapurji Saklatvala[7] Battersea North 1922 1923 Defeated British Indian
1924 1929 Defeated
Conservative Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg Jonathan Sayeed[11] Bristol East 1983 1992 Defeated Anglo-Indian[12]
Mid Bedfordshire 1997 2005 Retired
Labour Official portrait of Ms Diane Abbott crop 2.jpg Diane Abbott[7][13] Hackney North and Stoke Newington 1987 Serving Black British
Labour Paul-boateng.jpg Paul Boateng[7][13] Brent South 1987 2005 Retired Black British/White British (Mixed Race)
Labour Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg Bernie Grant[7][13] Tottenham 1987 2000 Died Black British
Labour Official portrait of Keith Vaz crop 2.jpg Keith Vaz[7][13] Leicester East 1987 Serving British Indian
Labour Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg Ashok Kumar[13][5] Langbaurgh 1991 1992 Defeated British Indian
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland 1997 2010 Died
Conservative Nirj Deva UNDP 2010.jpg Nirj Deva[13] Brentford and Isleworth 1992 1997 Defeated British Sri Lankan
Labour Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg Piara Singh Khabra[13] Ealing Southall 1992 2007 Died British Indian
Labour Oona King crop.jpg Oona King[13] Bethnal Green & Bow 1997 2005 Defeated African American/White British (Mixed Race)
Labour MohdSarwar.JPG Mohammad Sarwar[13] Glasgow Central 1997 2010 Retired British Pakistani
Labour Marsha Singh[13] Bradford West 1997 2012 Resigned British Indian
Labour Official portrait of Mr Mark Hendrick crop 2.jpg Mark Hendrick[4] Preston 2000 Serving Black British
Labour Official portrait of Mr David Lammy crop 2.jpg David Lammy[7] Tottenham 2000 Serving Black British
Labour Parmjitdhanda.JPG Parmjit Singh Dhanda[5] Gloucester 2001 2010 Defeated British Indian
Labour Official portrait of Mr Khalid Mahmood crop 2.jpg Khalid Mahmood[7] Birmingham Perry Barr 2001 Serving British Pakistani
Liberal Democrat Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg Parmjit Singh Gill[7][5] Leicester South 2004 2005 Defeated British Indian
Conservative Official portrait of Adam Afriyie crop 2.jpg Adam Afriyie[7][5] Windsor 2005 Serving Black British/White British (Mixed Race)
Labour Official portrait of Dawn Butler crop 2.jpg Dawn Butler[4] Brent South 2005 2010 Defeated Black British
Brent Central 2015 Serving
Labour Sadiq Khan.jpg Sadiq Khan[7] Tooting 2005 2016 Resigned British Pakistani
Labour Shahid Malik.jpg Shahid Malik[14] Dewsbury 2005 2010 Defeated British Pakistani
Conservative Official portrait of Mr Shailesh Vara crop 2.jpg Shailesh Vara[7][5] North West Cambridgeshire 2005 Serving British Indian
Labour Official portrait of Mr Virendra Sharma crop 2.jpg Virendra Sharma[4] Ealing Southall 2007 Serving British Indian
Labour Rushanara Ali - MP - 2017.jpg Rushanara Ali[7] Bethnal Green and Bow 2010 Serving British Bangladeshi
Conservative Official portrait of Rehman Chishti crop 2.jpg Rehman Chishti[7] Gillingham and Rainham 2010 Serving British Pakistani
Conservative Official portrait of Mrs Helen Grant crop 2.jpg Helen Grant[7] Maidstone and The Weald 2010 Serving Black British/White British (Mixed Race)
Conservative Official portrait of Mr Sam Gyimah crop 2.jpg Sam Gyimah[7] East Surrey 2010 Serving Black British
Conservative Official portrait of Sajid Javid MP.jpg Sajid Javid[7] Bromsgrove 2010 Serving British Pakistani
Conservative Official portrait of Kwasi Kwarteng crop 2.jpg Kwasi Kwarteng[7] Spelthorne 2010 Serving Black British
Labour Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg Shabana Mahmood[6] Birmingham Ladywood 2010 Serving British Pakistani
Labour Official portrait of Lisa Nandy crop 2.jpg Lisa Nandy[7] Wigan 2010 Serving Anglo-Indian
Labour Official portrait of Chi Onwurah crop 2.jpg Chi Onwurah[7] Newcastle upon Tyne Central 2010 Serving Black British/White British (Mixed Race)
Conservative Priti Patel 2016.jpg Priti Patel[7] Witham 2010 Serving British Indian
Labour Official portrait of Yasmin Qureshi crop 2.jpg Yasmin Qureshi[7] Bolton South East 2010 Serving British Pakistani
Labour Anas Sarwar MSP.jpg Anas Sarwar[7] Glasgow Central 2010 2015 Defeated British Pakistani
Conservative Official portrait of Alok Sharma crop 2.jpg Alok Sharma[7] Reading West 2010 Serving British Indian
Labour Official portrait of Chuka Umunna crop 2.jpg Chuka Umunna[7] Streatham 2010 Serving Black British/White British (Mixed Race)
Conservative Pauluppall.png Paul Uppal[7] Wolverhampton South West 2010 2015 Defeated British Indian
Labour Valerie Vaz MP - official photo 2017.jpg Valerie Vaz[7] Walsall South 2010 Serving British Indian
Conservative Official portrait of Nadhim Zahawi crop 2.jpg Nadhim Zahawi[7] Stratford-on-Avon 2010 Serving British Iraqi
Labour SeemaMalhotraOfficial.jpg Seema Malhotra[7] Feltham and Heston 2011 Serving British Indian
Conservative Official portrait of James Cleverly crop 2.jpg James Cleverly[10] Braintree 2015 Serving Black British/White British (Mixed Race)
Labour Official portrait of Thangam Debbonaire crop 2.jpg Thangam Debbonaire[4] Bristol West 2015 Serving Anglo-Indian
Conservative Official portrait of Suella Fernandes crop 2.jpg Suella Fernandes[4] Fareham 2015 Serving British Indian
Conservative Official portrait of Ms Nusrat Ghani crop 2.jpg Nusrat Ghani[4] Wealden 2015 Serving British Pakistani
Labour Imran hussain mp 2015.jpg Imran Hussain[4] Bradford East 2015 Serving British Pakistani
Labour Official portrait of Dr Rupa Huq crop 2.jpg Rupa Huq[4] Ealing Central and Acton 2015 Serving British Bangladeshi
Conservative Official portrait of Mr Ranil Jayawardena crop 2.jpg Ranil Jayawardena[4] North East Hampshire 2015 Serving British Sri Lankan
Conservative Official portrait of Seema Kennedy crop 2.jpg Seema Kennedy[4] South Ribble 2015 Serving British Iranian/White British (Mixed Race)
Labour Official portrait of Clive Lewis crop 2.jpg Clive Lewis[4] Norwich South 2015 Serving Black British/White British (Mixed Race)
Conservative Official portrait of Alan Mak crop 2.jpg Alan Mak[15] Havant 2015 Serving British Chinese
Labour Official portrait of Kate Osamor crop 2.jpg Kate Osamor[16] Edmonton 2015 Serving Black British
Labour Official portrait of Naz Shah crop 2.jpg Naz Shah[16] Bradford West 2015 Serving British Pakistani
SNP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh.png Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh[17] Ochil and South Perthshire 2015 2017 Defeated British Pakistani/White British (Mixed Race)
Labour Official portrait of Tulip Siddiq crop 2.jpg Tulip Siddiq[17] Hampstead and Kilburn 2015 Serving British Bangladeshi
Conservative Official portrait of Rishi Sunak crop 2.jpg Rishi Sunak[4] Richmond 2015 Serving British Indian
Labour Official portrait of Dr Rosena Allin-Khan crop 2.jpg Allin-Khan, RosenaRosena Allin-Khan[4] Tooting 2016 Serving British Pakistani/White British (Mixed Race)
Conservative Official portrait of Bim Afolami crop 2.jpg Bim Afolami[17][4] Hitchin and Harpenden 2017 Serving Black British
Conservative Official portrait of Mrs Kemi Badenoch crop 2.jpg Kemi Badenoch[17][4] Saffron Walden 2017 Serving Black British
Labour Official portrait of Bambos Charalambous crop 2.jpg Bambos Charalambous[17][4] Enfield Southgate 2017 Serving British Cypriot[18]
Labour Marsha de Cordova Official Parliamentary Photo.jpg Marsha de Cordova[17][4] Battersea 2017 Serving Black British
Labour Official portrait of Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi crop 2.jpg Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi[17][4] Slough 2017 Serving British Indian
Labour Official portrait of Preet Kaur Gill crop 2.jpg Preet Gill[17][4] Birmingham Edgbaston 2017 Serving British Indian
Labour Official portrait of Afzal Khan crop 2.jpg Afzal Khan[17][4] Manchester Gorton 2017 Serving British Pakistani
Liberal Democrat Official portrait of Layla Moran crop 2.jpg Layla Moran[17][4] Oxford West and Abingdon 2017 Serving British Arab
Labour Official portrait of Fiona Onasanya crop 2.jpg Fiona Onasanya[17][4] Peterborough 2017 Serving Black British
Labour Official portrait of Faisal Rashid crop 2.jpg Faisal Rashid[17][4] Warrington South 2017 Serving British Pakistani
Labour Official portrait of Eleanor Smith crop 2.jpg Eleanor Smith[17][19][4] Wolverhampton South West 2017 Serving Black British
Labour Official portrait of Mohammad Yasin crop 2.jpg Mohammad Yasin[17][4] Bedford 2017 Serving British Pakistani

List of ethnic minority Members of the House of Lords[edit]

Party Portrait Name Year entered Year left Reason Ethnicity
Liberal Satyendra Prasanno Sinha.jpg Satyendra Prasanno Sinha, 1st Baron Sinha[7] 1919 1928 Died British Indian
Crossbench Constantine headshot.jpg Learie Constantine, Baron Constantine[7] 1969 1971 Died Black British
Labour Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg David Pitt, Baron Pitt of Hampstead[20] 1975 1994 Died Black British
Crossbench Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg Pratap Chitnis, Baron Chitnis[10] 1977 2013 Died British Indian
Conservative Party Official portrait of Baroness Flather crop 2.jpg Shreela Flather, Baroness Flather[7][20] 1990 2008 (Crossed the floor in 2008) Resigned from the Conservative Party, now a Crossbencher British Indian
Crossbench 2008 Serving
Crossbench Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg Lydia Dunn, Baroness Dunn[21] 1990 2010 Permanently disqualified under the provisions of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 Chinese British[22]
Labour Official portrait of Lord Desai crop 2.jpg Meghnad Desai, Baron Desai[7] 1991 Serving British Indian
Conservative Party Official portrait of Lord Taylor of Warwick crop 2.jpg John Taylor, Baron Taylor of Warwick[7] 1996 2011 (Crossed the floor in 2011) Resigned from the Conservative Party, now a Crossbencher[23] Black British
Crossbench 2011 Serving
Labour Party Official portrait of Lord Paul crop 2.jpg Swraj Paul, Baron Paul[7] 1996 2010 (Crossed the floor in 2010) Resigned from the Labour Party, now a Crossbencher[24] British Indian
Crossbench 2010 Serving
Conservative Raj Bagri, Baron Bagri.jpg Raj Bagri, Baron Bagri[21] 1997 2010 Permanently disqualified under the provisions of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 British Indian
Labour Valerie Amos DFID 2013.jpg Valerie Amos, Baroness Amos[21] 1997 Serving Black British
Labour PatriciaScotland2a.jpg Patricia Scotland, Baroness Scotland of Asthal[7] 1997 Serving Black British
Liberal Democrat Official portrait of Lord Dholakia crop 2.jpg Navnit Dholakia, Baron Dholakia[7] 1997 Serving British Indian
Labour Waheed Alli 2010.jpg Waheed Alli, Baron Alli[7] 1998 Serving British Pakistani
Labour Party Baroness Uddin.png Pola Uddin, Baroness Uddin[7] 1998 2010 (Crossed the floor in 2010) Resigned from the Labour Party, now a Crossbencher[25] British Bangladeshi
Crossbench 2010 Serving
Labour Party Official portrait of Lord Ahmed crop 2.jpg Nazir Ahmed, Baron Ahmed[21] 1998 2007 (Crossed the floor in 2007) Expelled from the Labour Party, now a Crossbencher[26] British Pakistani
Crossbench 2007 Serving
Labour Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg Tarsem King, Baron King of West Bromwich[21] 1999 2013 Died British Indian
Crossbench Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg Usha Prashar, Baroness Prashar[7] 1999 Serving British Indian
Crossbench Official portrait of Lord Patel crop 2.jpg Narendra Patel, Baron Patel[7] 1999 Serving British Indian
Labour Official portrait of Baroness Howells of St Davids crop 2.jpg Rosalind Howells, Baroness Howells of St Davids[7] 1999 Serving Black British
Labour Official portrait of Lord Patel crop 2.jpg Adam Patel, Baron Patel of Blackburn[7] 2000 Serving British Indian
Labour Lord Parekh 2016.jpg Bhikhu Parekh, Baron Parekh[7] 2000 Serving British Indian
Crossbench Official portrait of Lord Ouseley crop 2.jpg Herman Ouseley, Baron Ouseley[7] 2001 Serving Black British
Crossbench Baron Adebowale byline.JPG Victor Adebowale, Baron Adebowale[7] 2001 Serving Black British
Labour Party Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg Amir Bhatia, Baron Bhatia[7] 2001 2010 (Crossed the floor in 2010) Resigned from the Labour Party, now a Crossbencher[27] British Indian
Crossbench 2010 Serving
Crossbench Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg Michael Chan, Baron Chan 2001 2006 Died British Chinese
Labour Official portrait of Lord Bhattacharyya crop 2.jpg Kumar Bhattacharyya, Baron Bhattacharyya[7] 2004 Serving British Bangladeshi
Crossbench Lord Diljit Singh Rana at the 2013 Horasis Global India Business Meeting crop.jpg Diljit Rana, Baron Rana[7] 2004 2016 (Crossed the floor in 2016) Resigned from the Crossbenches, now a Conservative British Indian
Conservative 2016 Serving
Crossbench Official portrait of Baroness Young of Hornsey crop 2.jpg Lola Young, Baroness Young of Hornsey[7] 2004 Serving Black British
Liberal Democrat Official portrait of Baroness Falkner of Margravine crop 2.jpg Kishwer Falkner, Baroness Falkner of Margravine[7] 2004 Serving British Pakistani
Crossbench Official portrait of Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick crop 2.jpg Michael Hastings, Baron Hastings of Scarisbrick[7] 2005 Serving Black British
Conservative Official portrait of Baroness Verma crop 2.jpg Sandip Verma, Baroness Verma[7] 2006 Serving British Indian
Conservative Official portrait of Lord Sheikh crop 2.jpg Mohamed Sheikh, Baron Sheikh[7] 2006 Serving British Pakistani
Crossbench Lord Karan Bilimoria at Horasis Global India Business Meeting 2012 crop.jpg Karan Bilimoria, Baron Bilimoria[7] 2006 Serving British Indian
Labour Official portrait of Lord Patel of Bradford crop 2.jpg Kamlesh Patel, Baron Patel of Bradford[7] 2006 Serving British Indian
Labour Official portrait of Lord Morris of Handsworth crop 2.jpg Bill Morris, Baron Morris of Handsworth[7] 2006 Serving Black British
Labour Shriti Vadera, Baroness Vadera.jpg Shriti Vadera, Baroness Vadera[21] 2007 Serving British Indian
Crossbench Khalid Hameed, Baron Hameed.JPG Khalid Hameed, Baron Hameed[7] 2007 Serving British Indian
Labour WISHLordDarzi.jpg Ara Darzi, Baron Darzi of Denham[7] 2007 Serving British Iraqi
Conservative Official portrait of Baroness Warsi crop 2.jpg Sayeeda Warsi, Baroness Warsi[7] 2007 Serving British Pakistani
Crossbench LordKakkar.jpg Ajay Kakkar, Baron Kakkar[7] 2010 Serving British Indian
Conservative Official portrait of Lord Wei crop 2.jpg Nat Wei, Baron Wei[7] 2010 Serving British Chinese
Liberal Democrat Official portrait of Baroness Hussein-Ece crop 2.jpg Meral Hussein-Ece, Baroness Hussein-Ece[7] 2010 Serving British Turkish
Liberal Democrat Official portrait of Baroness Benjamin crop 2.jpg Floella Benjamin, Baroness Benjamin[7] 2010 Serving Black British
Labour Paul-boateng.jpg Paul Boateng, Baron Boateng[4] 2010 Serving Black British/White British (Mixed Race)
Conservative Official portrait of Lord Popat crop 2.jpg Dolar Popat, Baron Popat[7] 2010 Serving British Indian
Conservative Bernard Ribeiro, Baron Ribeiro[28] 2010 Serving Black British
Conservative Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon 2015.jpg Tariq Ahmad, Baron Ahmad of Wimbledon[7] 2011 Serving British Pakistani
Liberal Democrat Official portrait of Lord Loomba crop 2.jpg Raj Loomba, Baron Loomba[7] 2011 2016 (Crossed the floor in 2016) Resigned from the Liberal Democrats, now a Crossbencher British Pakistani
Crossbench 2016 Serving
Liberal Democrat Official portrait of Lord Hussain crop 2.jpg Qurban Hussain, Baron Hussain[7] 2011 2015 (Crossed the floor in 2015) Resigned from the Liberal Democrats, now a Crossbencher British Pakistani
Crossbench 2015 Serving
Labour Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg Gulam Noon, Baron Noon 2011 2015 Died British Indian
Crossbench Official portrait of Lord Singh of Wimbledon crop 2.jpg Indarjit Singh, Baron Singh of Wimbledon[7] 2011 Serving British Indian
Liberal Democrat Official portrait of Baroness Manzoor crop 2.jpg Zahida Manzoor, Baroness Manzoor[7] 2013 2016 (Crossed the floor in 2016) Resigned from the Liberal Democrats, now a Conservative British Pakistani
Conservative 2016 Serving
Liberal Democrat Rumi Verjee.jpg Rumi Verjee, Baron Verjee[7] 2013 Serving British Indian
Labour Official portrait of Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon crop 2.jpg Doreen Lawrence, Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon[7] 2013 Serving Black British
Conservative Official portrait of Lord Suri crop 2.jpg Ranbir Singh Suri, Baron Suri 2014 Serving British Indian
Conservative Nosheena Mobarik, Baroness Mobarik 2014 Serving British Pakistani
Conservative Official portrait of Baroness McGregor-Smith crop 2.jpg Ruby McGregor-Smith, Baroness McGregor-Smith[28] 2015 Serving British Indian
Liberal Democrat Official portrait of Baroness Sheehan crop 2.jpg Shas Sheehan, Baroness Sheehan[28] 2015 Serving British Pakistani
Conservative Official portrait of Lord Gadhia crop 2.jpg Jitesh Gadhia, Baron Gadhia 2016 Serving British Indian
Labour Official portrait of Baroness Chakrabarti crop 2.jpg Shami Chakrabarti, Baroness Chakrabarti[7] 2016 Serving British Indian

List of ethnic minority Members of the European Parliament[edit]

Party Portrait Name Constituency Year elected Year left Reason Ethnicity
Labour Official portrait of Mr Mark Hendrick crop 2.jpg Mark Hendrick[7] Central Lancashire 1994 1999 Defeated Black British
Conservative Nirj Deva UNDP 2010.jpg Nirj Deva[13][29] South East England 1999 Serving British Sri Lankan
Conservative European Parliament logo.svg Bashir Khanbhai East of England 1999 2004 Retired British Indian
Labour Neenagill03.jpg Neena Gill[29] West Midlands 1999 2009 Defeated British Indian
2014 Serving
Labour Claude Moraes.jpg Claude Moraes[29] London 1999 Serving British Indian
Liberal Democrat Karim Sajjad 2014-02-03 3.jpg Sajjad Karim North West England 2004 2006 (Crossed the floor in 2006) Left Liberal Democrats, joined Conservative Party British Pakistani
Conservative North West England 2006 Serving
Conservative Syed Kamall par Claude Truong-Ngoc février 2015.jpg Syed Kamall[29] London 2005 Serving British Indian
UKIP 20150908 EP-024422 MCU 012 (1).jpg Amjad Bashir[30] Yorkshire and the Humber 2014 2015 (Crossed the floor in 2015) Left UKIP, joined Conservative Party British Pakistani
Conservative Yorkshire and the Humber 2015 Serving
Labour Official portrait of Afzal Khan crop 2.jpg M. Afzal Khan North West England 2014 2017 Resigned British Pakistani
UKIP Steven Woolfe UKIPNEC.jpg Steven Woolfe North West England 2014 2016 (Crossed the floor in 2016) Left UKIP, became an independent Black British/White British (Mixed Race)
Independent North West England 2016 Serving
Labour Wajid3.jpg Wajid Khan North West England 2017 Serving British Pakistani
Conservative Nosheena Mobarik Scotland 2017 Serving British Pakistani

List of ethnic minority London Assembly Members[edit]

Party Name Constituency Year elected Year left Reason Ethnicity
Labour Jennette Arnold[4] North East 2000 Serving Black British
Labour Murad Qureshi[7] London-wide 2004 2016 Defeated British Bangladeshi
Conservative James Cleverly[7] Bexley and Bromley 2008 2016 Retired Black British/White British (Mixed Race)
Labour Navin Shah[4] Brent and Harrow 2008 Serving British Indian
Labour Onkar Sahota[4] Ealing and Hillingdon 2012 Serving British Indian
Conservative Kemi Badenoch[7] London-wide 2015 2017 Resigned Black British
Conservative Shaun Bailey[4] London-wide 2016 Serving Black British
Labour Unmesh Desai[4] City and East 2016 Serving British Indian
Labour Florence Eshalomi[4] Lambeth and Southwark 2016 Serving Black British
UKIP David Kurten[7][not in citation given] London-wide 2016 Serving Black British

List of ethnic minority Scottish Parliament Members[edit]

Party Name Constituency Year elected Year left Reason Ethnicity
SNP Bashir Ahmad[31] Glasgow 2007 2009 Died British Pakistani
SNP Humza Yousaf[32] Glasgow 2011 Serving British Pakistani
Labour Hanzala Malik[33] Glasgow 2011 2016 Defeated British Pakistani/White British (Mixed Race)
Labour Anas Sarwar[33] Glasgow 2016 Serving British Pakistani

List of ethnic minority Welsh Assembly Members[edit]

Party Name Constituency Year elected Year left Reason Ethnicity
Plaid Cymru Mohammad Asghar[4][34] South Wales East 2007 2009 (Crossed the floor in 2009) Left Plaid Cymru, joined Conservative Party
Conservative South Wales East 2009 Serving British Pakistani
Labour Vaughan Gething[4][34] Cardiff South and Penarth 2011 Serving Black British/White British (Mixed Race)
Conservative Altaf Hussain[35] South Wales West 2015 2016 Defeated British Indian

List of ethnic minority Northern Irish Assembly Members[edit]

Party Name Constituency Year elected Year left Reason Ethnicity
Alliance Anna Lo[36] Belfast South 2007 2016 Retired British Chinese

Notes[edit]

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  23. ^ Suspended till 2012 for having been jailed due to United Kingdom Parliamentary expenses scandal
  24. ^ Suspended for four months due to United Kingdom Parliamentary expenses scandal
  25. ^ Suspended for 16 months due to United Kingdom Parliamentary expenses scandal
  26. ^ Suspended after being jailed for a fatal road crash in 2007 and expelled 2009 for racial remarks
  27. ^ Suspended for eight months due to United Kingdom Parliamentary expenses scandal
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