With an election likely around the corner, it is a two horse race between Liberal Democrat candidate Chuka Umunna and Boris Johnson’s No Deal Brexit Conservatives here in the Cities of London and Westminster.
Chuka is the Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary, also leading on International Development and International Trade for the party.
He is a solicitor by profession, having studied English Law and French Law at the University of Manchester. He practiced employment law for just under a decade in the City of London and central London.
Following election to Parliament as MP for Streatham in May 2011, he became Shadow Minister for Small Business in Labour’s Shadow Business, Innovation and Skills team, and in October 2011 was promoted to lead that team as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.
In February 2019, he resigned the Labour whip to sit as an Independent MP due to Labour’s failure to provide opposition to Brexit and the culture of antisemitism and bullying it had developed. In June 2019, he became the first of a series of MPs from Labour and the Conservatives to join the Liberal Democrats.
He has been a leading supporters of the People’s Vote campaign, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on EU Relations and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration.
He is an ambassador for PRS Foundation who fund music projects across the UK for new and up and coming artists, and a patron of the Pegasus Opera Company, who create opportunities for young black singers from all backgrounds to develop and perform in innovative opera productions.
Chuka is standing in Cities of London and Westminster as the Remain choice against Boris Johnson's No Deal Brexit backing MP.