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Three lions go for Brent seat

Could diverse Wembley be in line for a BME MP?

Three Tory BME hopefuls are in the running to become the candidate in a seat that had been Conservative for years until Tony Blair’s landslide.

Madhuri Davda, Anjana Patel and Harshadbhai Patel are all on a shortlist of six to be the candidate in Brent North, which was held by Tory MP Sir Rhodes Boyson for over 20 years, from 1974 to 1997.

Brent North is the fourth most diverse constituency in Britain, with an overall non-white population of over 62%. The seat includes Wembley and the Welsh Harp neighbourhood.

Although the sitting Labour MP, Barry Gardiner, had a 5,600 majority at the last election, but didn’t fare too well on the expenses front.

Boundary changes have worked in Labour’s favour, but Tories will look at the two decades before Blair as evidence that they can recapture the seat.

The Liberal Democrats have already selected a BME candidate, James Allie, who is a Brent councillor. Atiq Malik is standing as an independent.

LH

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3 Responses

  1. I believe there is another BME candidate on the shortlist – Blaine Robin a councillor in Southend.

  2. You’re absolutely right Dave H. Thanks.

  3. I am also a Councillor for Queensbury Ward, in Brent. I was originally elected as a Conservative but voluntarily left the Group in May 2008. I polled 4th highest vote in 2006 Council elections.

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