Herald: Three Goan-origin MPs elected to UK Parliament
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Three Goan-origin MPs elected to UK Parliament

09 May 2015 01:35am IST

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09 May 2015 01:35am IST

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Keith and Valerie Vaz, Labour MPs, were re-elected from Leicester East and Walsall South while Suella Fernandes has won on the Conservative Party ticket from Fareham


PANJIM: Three persons of Goan-origin – Keith Vaz, Valerie Vaz and Suella Fernandes – have been elected to the United Kingdom’s House of Commons. This is the first time there will be three persons of Goan-origin occupying the benches of the UK Parliament.

While Keith and Valerie Vaz, Labour MPs, have been re-elected from Leicester East and Walsall South, Suella Fernandes has won on the Conservative Party ticket from Fareham.

After her victory Fernandes tweeted, “Thanks to a brilliant team of supporters who worked so hard for a Tory victory in Fareham. Now the work starts!” Fernandes got 56 per cent of the votes polled in the Southern England constituency. Fernandes has her roots in Assagao, Goa.

Keith Vaz, who has been a Labour MP since 1987, was re-elected gaining 61 per cent of the vote in Leicester East, while in Walsall South Valerie Vaz’s victory came with 47 per cent of the vote. The Vaz siblings have their roots in Anjuna and Calangute.

Two other candidates of Goan-origin were not so successful. In Hemel Hempstead, Liberal Democrat candidate Rabi Martins came fourth with 4.8 per cent of the vote, while in Windsor Independent Wisdom da Costa was last getting just 1 per cent of the votes polled.

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