Britain’s future Prime Minister could be of Chinese heritage – and part of a new parliamentary leadership scheme being launched today.
Two aspiring political hopefuls of Chinese family background will get a unique insight into the world of politics as they take part in a new ‘MPs Shadowing Scheme’. They have been matched with MPs and will be shadowing them over the coming months.
Daniel Deng, who is shadowing Labour’s Luciana Berger MP, and Rachel Hau-Yu Tam, who is paired with Lib Dem’s Leyla Moran MP.
They part of a new cohort includes 38 dynamic individuals. The future leaders aim to follow in the footsteps of previous mentees such as MPs Helen Grant (Conservative MP and party vice-chair), Labour MP’s Marsha De Cordova and Tan Dhesi (the first turban dressed Sikh MP) and Clive Lewis (Labour’s shadow treasury minister).
All four MPs will be speaking at the launch of the the ‘MPs Shadowing Scheme’, along with the Speaker John Bercow.
The latest shadowing scheme will be launched at an event at the Speakers Chambers, Parliament, on Thursday 18th January, at 4pm.
This has been the most successful BME political mentoring scheme in Britain and, to date, 10% of all prominent BME elected politicians come from this scheme. They represent a kaleidoscope of ethnicities, faiths and political leanings.
OBV’s Director, Simon Woolley stated:
‘I am completely overwhelmed by the calibre and desire from this new intake. They show that the Chinese community in Britain has talent who are keen to make a difference in politics. It explodes the myth that young BME people are not interested in politics.
‘Hundreds of talented individuals applied and it was often impossible to choose. There is one thing that I will guarantee from this group of individuals; having embraced a path of political leadership, you will see, a number of these young men and women sitting on the Commons green benches representing constituencies and serving their country.’