Indian-Origin Lawmakers Seema Malhotra, Lisa Nandy appointed to Shadow Cabinet in UK

Sep 16, 2015 14:14 IST

Indian-origin British Members of Parliament (MPs), Seema Malhotra and Lisa Nandy, were appointed as to the shadow cabinet of Jeremy Corbyn, the newly-elected leader of Labour Party in the United Kingdom (UK) in third week of September 2015.

Malhotra was appointed as the shadow chief secretary for Treasury, while Nandy was appointed as shadow secretary for energy and climate change.

Seema Malhotra, 43-year-old, became MP for the London seat of Feltham and Heston in 2011 in a by-election following the death of Alan Keen (Conservative). In August 2014, she was given the newly created role of shadow minister for preventing violence against women and girls by the then Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Lisa Nandy, 36 year-old, is a British Labour Party politician. She has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Wigan constituency, in Greater Manchester, since the 2010 general election. Elected to Parliament on 7 May 2010, she became the constituency's first female MP and one of the first six Asian female MPs elected to Parliament.

She is the daughter if Indian Marxist Dipak Nandy, who was the founder and first director of the left-wing think-tank Runnymede Trust.

What is a Shadow Cabinet?
Shadow cabinet is a group of politicians who hold a political post with their party, but whose party is not in government (that is, an opposition party). A member of the shadow cabinet is a shadow minister and its leader is called the Leader of Opposition.

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