Shailesh Vara, Uganda-born, British MP
BRITISH Prime Minister David Cameron has praised the contribution of British Asians after Shailesh Vara MP raised the issue of expelled Ugandan Asians at Prime Minister’s Questions.
Addressing the prime minister in a packed House of Commons, Vara who represents North West Cambridgeshire, reminded MPs that this month marks the 40th anniversary of the arrival to the UK of Asians expelled from Uganda by Idi Amin.
Vara recalled that Asians arrived in the UK with only the clothes they were wearing but quickly picked themselves up and became part of the fabric of Britain.
In his remarks, the MP congratulated the then Conservative government which took the courageous decision to let Asians into the UK despite much criticism both in the House of Commons and the rest of the country.
In his reply, Cameron praised the contribution made by the Asians and agreed that it was the right decision for the government of the time to take in allowing the community into Britain.
The prime minister also praised Vara, recognising that he was born in Uganda and noted his “incredible achievement” to have made it from Uganda to parliament in one generation and to “make such a distinguished contribution”.
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