Rt Hon Keith Vaz visited Uma Kumaran in Harrow East today to meet shopkeepers and owners of local businesses in the area.
Mr. Vaz is the UK’s longest-serving Asian MP and attended with members of the BAME Labour Bus, which campaigns for greater political representation for black, Asian, and ethnic minorities.
Mr. Vaz has joined Uma’s ongoing campaign to encourage Harrow residents to register to vote and ensure they’re being represented.
Local shopkeepers pledged their support to Uma’s campaign and many placed signs up in their shop window.
Uma Kumaran, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Harrow East, said:
“Keith Vaz has been an outstanding representative of Asian and ethnic minorities, who are so often not equally represented in Westminster.”
She concluded: “I’m proud to live in such a multiethnic community but the parliament we have doesn’t reflect our diversity. That’s why residents need to ensure they’re registered to vote to make our parliament look more like the Britain we live in.”
Keith Vaz, chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said:
“I’m supporting Uma because I’m a great fan. I believe she represents a new generation of Labour politicians who embody a fresh approach to connecting with Britain.”
He concluded: “Uma’s not here to represent just one part of the community, she’ll represent them all and work day and night for these people.”