So far, eleven conservative politicians are running to replace British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Six are British of ethnic minorities. These are Rishi Sunak (42), Sajid Javid (52), Nadhim Zahawi (55), Kemi Badenoch (42), Rehman Chishti (43) and Suella Braverman (42).
Former finance minister Rishi Sunak has Indian roots. His parents are from the British colonies of Kenya and Tanzania, where their family worked as contract workers, but the family is originally from the Punjab.
Former health minister Sajid Javid has a Pakistani background. He was an opponent of Brexit and in 2019 lost the battle for the leadership of the Conservative Party, which was then won by Johnson.
Nadhim Zahawi is a former refugee and was born in Iraq in 1967. He is the current minister of Finance.
Kemi Badenoch is of Nigerian descent and has been a member of the House of Commons since 2017. She was secretary of State for Local Government, faith and communities and women and equality. Badenoch is a sharp critic of’woke’. According to her, the United Kingdom is falsely accused of being oppressive towards minorities. It also supports strict border controls.
Rehman Chishti was born in 1978 in the Pakistani part of Kashmir. His family emigrated to the United Kingdom in 1986. Chishti’s father was religious affairs advisor to Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto until 1978, who was sidelined by Islamist military and executed in 1979. Chishti himself has advised Bhutto’s daughter Benazir Bhutto, who was murdered in 2007. Chishti was a supporter of Brexit.
Suella Braverman, who is of Indian descent, has been a member of the European Parliament for the Conservative Party. She is now Attorney General for England and Wales and advocate general for Northern Ireland. In this capacity, she provides legal advice to the UK government. Like Badenoch, Braverman is an outspoken critic of’woke’.
In addition to these six, there are five more conservative prime ministers: Jeremy Hunt (55, former minister of Health and foreign affairs), Liz Truss (46, Minister of Foreign Affairs), Penny Mordaunt (49, former minister of Defence), Grant Shapps (53, Secretary of State for Transport) and Tom Tugendhat (49, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the British Parliament).