Chuka Umunna

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Born Chuka Harrison Umunna
17 October 1978
London, England
Alma mater University of Manchester, Nottingham Trent University
Religion Christianity
Spouse Alice Sullivan
Member of Home Affairs Select Committee
Party Labour

Employment.png Member

In office
26 October 2015 - Present
Employer Home Affairs Select Committee

Employment.png Shadow Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills

In office
7 October 2011 - 13 September 2015
Succeeded by Angela Eagle

Employment.png Member of Parliament for Streatham

In office
6 May 2010 - Present

Chuka Umunna (born 17 October 1978) is a British Labour Party politician who has been Member of Parliament (MP) for Streatham since 2010 and was Shadow Business Secretary from 2011 to 2015.[1][2][3][4]

Chuka Umunna was reported to have held a secret meeting in July 2015 with Hillary Clinton’s campaign team to advise her on how to beat Bernie Sanders, her Democratic rival for the presidency dubbed the ‘American Jeremy Corbyn’.[5]

He has been a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee since 26 October 2015.[6]

Promoting a federal state

Chuka Ummuna has argued for a British federal state on multiple occasions, and has said that progressives should not dismiss George Osborne's notion of a Northern Powerhouse, arguing that greater devolution, federalisation of Labour into individual Labour Parties representing each component nation of the UK, greater political autonomy for England in particular, more regional powers and "wholescale federalisation" are necessary to advance the Labour Party.[7][8][9][10]

Labour leadership

Following Labour's defeat in the 2015 General Election and the resignation of leader Ed Miliband, Chuka Umunna was identified as one of the potential candidates to take over as Leader of the Labour Party.[11] He called for Labour to target Conservatives and "aspirational, middle-class voters",[12] saying that the party needs to be "on the side of those who are doing well."[13] On 12 May 2015, he announced his candidature for the Labour Party leadership election.[14] Three days later, he withdrew from the contest, stating that he had been "uncomfortable" with "the added level of scrutiny that came with being a leadership candidate".[15] On 26 May 2015, he announced his endorsement of Liz Kendall, who was unsuccessful in her bid for the Labour leadership.[16]

In September 2015, following the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Labour Party, Umuna announced his resignation from the Shadow Cabinet and returned to the backbenches, citing differences over a Brexit referendum and issues of collective ministerial responsibility.[17]

Antisemitism

Following publication in October 2016 of the Home Affairs Select Committee report on "Antisemitism in the UK", which was highly critical of Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party, the Free Speech on Israel group wrote:

"Labour is the target throughout this ill-conceived and politically tendentious Report. It immediately begins with the suspension of Naz Shah and Ken Livingstone and others for 'antisemitism’. Since no one has been tried or found guilty of ‘antisemitism’ one can only assume that the presumption of innocence has been abandoned by lawyer Chuka Ummuna and his Tory friends."[18]

 

Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Manufacturing consent on "antisemitism"article20 October 2016Tony GreensteinJeremy Corbyn's Labour party is the target throughout this ill-conceived, politically tendentious and risible Home Affairs Select Committee report entitled "Antisemitism in the UK". The presumption of innocence has been abandoned by lawyer Chuka Umunna and his Tory friends.


References

  1. "Labour appoints fresh face to replace John Denham". Times Higher Education. 7 October 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Debrett's 500". debretts.com.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Labour MP Chuka Umunna apologises for comments on elite social network saying London's nightclubs are 'full of trash'". The Independent. London. 5 April 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Statement by Chuka Umunna MP on leaving the Shadow Cabinet by mutual agreement". 13 September 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Labour's Chuka held secret talks with Hillary Clinton's campaign team to advise on how to defeat 'US Corbyn'"
  6. "Chuka Umunna tipped to replace Keith Vaz as chairman of home affairs select committee"
  7. Mason, Rowena (17 October 2015). "Chuka Umunna warns Labour not to dismiss Osborne's northern powerhouse". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 January 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Brown, Graeme (30 October 2014). "Chuka Umunna calls for regional mayors in 'more federal' UK". The Birmingham Post. Retrieved 8 January 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Bennett, Owen (22 July 2015). "Chuka Umunna To Call For An English Parliament As He Urges Labour To Modernise". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 8 January 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Umunna, Chuka (27 October 2015). "Britain needs wholesale federalisation – and Labour must lead the way". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 January 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Ganesh, Janan (8 May 2015). "Cameron can savour campaign success". Financial Times. Retrieved 8 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Chuka Umunna calls for Labour to target Conservative and "aspirational, middle-class voters"". Newstatesman.com. 9 May 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Umunna: We failed to speak to 'aspirational middle-class'". ITV News. 10 May 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Chuka Umunna to run for Labour leader". BBC News. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Chuka Umunna withdraws Labour leader bid". BBC. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "Why we are endorsing Liz Kendall for the Labour leadership". New Statesman. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. Clarke-Billings, Lucy (13 September 2015). "Chuka Umunna steps down from Jeremy Corbyn shadow cabinet after 'mutual agreement". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 January 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. "Manufacturing consent on ‘antisemitism’"