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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

They Call Him The British Obama Meet Chuka Umunna.

Many believe that it is only a matter of time until Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna becomes Party leader

33 year Old Chuka is the Shadow Business Secretary and a Labour MP. Even though he has only been in Parliament for two-and-a-half years, many believe it is only a matter of time before he becomes Party leader.

Umunna’s father Ben arrived in Liverpool by boat, penniless, and became a successful entrepreneur. His Irish lawyer mother, Patricia, is the daughter of the late Sir Helenus Milmo, a prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials.
Umunna’s father was killed in a car crash in Nigeria, reportedly murdered by political enemies for his anti-corruption stance. Umunna was 13 years old. Despite being raised in ethnically diverse South London, where he is MP for Streatham, Umunna freely admits to a middle-class upbringing. He says: ‘It’s true, I haven’t wanted for food. But we had our ups and downs.
My father arrived here with nothink,’ he says, as his polished private-school tone lapses and he slips into Estuary English.  He was ‘driven’ by his dad. ‘He drilled it into me that working hard to get good school reports and decent GCSEs and A-levels is the passport to the future – you need hard graft.
‘When I visit primary schools, I say to kids, “How many of you have got a PlayStation and Sky TV?” All their hands go up. I say, “PlayStation and Sky are not going to get you where you want to be.” ’
His parents forced him to open his school report with them at home. ‘I wasn’t, like, trembling, but it was a serious event. Everyone else would open their report at school, but I wasn’t allowed to. I had to go home and do it with my parents.’ When he struggled at his local Christ Church Primary School in Brixton, his mother and father sent him to St Dunstan’s College in South London, founded in the 15th Century, where fees today are up to £14,000 a year. ‘It had a massive impact on me and my politics,’ he says.
At St Dunstan’s, he started to ‘fly academically’ and became deputy head boy, going on to read law at Manchester University and begin a legal career at top legal firm Herbert Smith. Weldone Bro, thank you for making us proud.

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