Ministerial Roles for Indian origin individuals
Prime Minister Teresa

Prime Minister Teresa May’s Cabinet reshuffle has resulted in some notable Indian origin individuals. Newcomers include Rishi Sunak. Shailesh Vara comes back to the Cabinet and Alok Sharma continues his ministerial life. Goan Seulla Fernandes, of British and Mauritian origin, also get her first Ministerial break.

Rishi Sunak, MP for Richmond in Yorkshire gained his first Ministerial position as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. He is more famous for being the son in law of billionaire N R Narayana Murthy, the founder of India’s Infosys, one of the top IT companies in the world. Sunak was born in Hampshire and studied at Winchester College and Lincoln College, Oxford and then did an MBA at Stanford Business School. He is a strong supporter of Brexit.

Mr Sunak’s father was a GP and his mother ran a local pharmacy. He was inspired by the hard work and community ethos of his parents to get involved in politics. Mr Sunak’s career began in business and he founded an investment firm. Sharma, MP for Reading West, who was previously the Minister for Housing is the new Minister for Employment. Previously he also held a role at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Having graduated in physics and electronics and then qualifying as an accountant, Mr Sharma has close ties with many of the Government departments including the Treasury, Science & Technology Committee and was also Conservative Vice-Chair or BME Communities. Shailesh Vara, MP for North West Cambridgeshire, has been given the role of Minister for Northern Ireland. Mr Vara is a qualified solicitor and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Mr Vara was elected as an MP in 2005 and since then served right through having been re-elected again in 2010 and 2015. He had served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Ministry of Justice under David Cameron.

Whilst in Opposition, he served on the Select Committee for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and in 2006 on the Standing Committee of the Companies Bill, scrutinising the largest Bill ever to go through Parliament.

In 2006, Mr Vara was appointed Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, a post he held until the 2010 General Election. Following the General Election, Mr Vara served as a Government Whip from 2010-2012 before taking up his role as Justice Minister in 2013.

Another Brexit campaigner is Suella Fernandes, MP for Fareham who has been given the role of Minister in the Department for Exiting the European Union. She was elected in 2015 and re-elected in 2017.

Ms. Fernandes graduated from Queen’s College, Cambridge and Pantheon-Sorbonne University. She is a barrister by profession before joining politics. Her parents emigrated from Britain in the 1960s from Kenya and Mauritius. Her mother was a nurse and a local councillor in Brent and her father worked for a housing association.