Fri. Oct 23rd, 2020

Nigerian-born Chuka Umunna has lost his battle for a City of London seat despite a 13 per cent Remain-fuelled swing to the Liberal Democrats.

Umunna was born in October 1978 to a Nigerian father and an English-Irish mother. His father was 23 when he arrived in Liverpool in 1964.

The former Labour MP and Change UK founder came second behind Conservative Nickie Aiken in the battle for the Cities of London and Westminster constituency, losing by 3,953 votes.

Umunna, a former Labour leadership candidate, and once dubbed the ‘British Obama’ has vowed to continue as a Liberal Democrat, having previously jumped ship from Labour and Change UK.

Daily Mail quoted Umunna as saying, “We must respect the choice the people have made today, both to re-elect Boris Johnson and the Conservatives into government, and for Labour to continue as the Official Opposition.

“I wish them the very best – it is in all our interests that they live up to the trust invested in them today.

“In particular, congratulations to Nickie Aiken, the new Member of Parliament for the Cities of London and Westminster.

“For the liberal, internationalist, pro-European, progressive, centre-ground of British politics, the Liberal Democrats still have a vital role to play, despite the disappointing results of this general election.

“We will live to fight another day and learn from what has happened these last few months.

“I will do what I can, albeit outside of the House of Commons, to contribute to that.

“I said I had re-joined the party this year for the long term – I meant it.”

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