Chuka Umunna, Member of Parliament for Streatham, has been appointed Vice Chair of the Nigeria All-Party Parliamentary Group.
All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are composed of politicians from across all parties and focus on a specific area or concern, while many correspond to individual countries.
The Nigeria APPG exists to promote links between the UK and Nigeria and create a better understanding among British parliamentarians of Nigeria and the challenges it faces, while supporting efforts to promote development and social justice in the country. It is chaired by Meg Hillier MP, Labour Member of Parliament for Hackney South & Shoreditch.
Last month, Umunna was elected by his party colleagues to serve on the Treasury Select Committee, tasked with holding the government’s economic policy to account.
Commenting, Umunna said:
“I am proud to have been made Vice Chair of the Nigeria group and I look forward to working with colleagues to help build dialogue between the two nations and support development within Nigeria.”
Umunna is of mixed Nigerian, Irish and English descent. At age 30, he became one of the youngest MPs in Parliament when he was elected for Streatham, London in May 2010.