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Monday, May 10, 2010

Eight Muslims in British parliament


LONDON, May 9: Eight Muslim representatives including three women have joined the British House of Commons in the recent parliamentary elections in the United Kingdom.
Setting a new record for the representation of Asians in the UK, a record number of 18 candidates, including eight Muslims, secured seats in the general elections held on May 6.
The vote saw three Muslim women from the Labour Party elected as lawmakers for the first time.
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) declared the election proved to be a “milestone for Britain's Muslims.”
“These elections have ushered in the age of the discerning British Muslim voter. No party and no candidate can take the Muslim vote for granted,” the MCB said.
Britain's opposition Conservatives led by David Cameron garnered 306 seats to become the biggest party in parliament. Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Labour party came in second with 258 seats and was followed by the Liberal Democrats with 57.
Britain has not had a hung parliament since 1974 and the future of the parliament remains highly uncertain, with some commentators already forecasting another election if no government is formed.


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