There's a new addition to the number of Indian-origin ministers in British Prime Minister Theresa May's government.
There’s a new addition to the number of Indian-origin ministers in British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government. And who is the latest one to join now? It is none other than Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy’s son in law Rishi Sunak. 37-year-old Sunak has been inducted into the role of a junior minister. Apart from Sunak, Suella Fernandes, a Goan-origin MP is also the new entrant in the British government after the latest ministerial reshuffle.
According to The Hindustan Times, Sunak is a former businessman who was elected from the safe Tory seat of Richmond Yorkshire in 2015. He was again re-elected in 2017 with a higher margin. Sunak has seen a gradual rise in the Conservative party and will now become the parliamentary undersecretary of state in the ministry of housing, communities and local government. Meanwhile, 37-year-old Suella Fernandes, is a former barrister and an MP from the southern constituency of Fareham. She will become a minister in the Department for Exiting the European Union. Fernandes has lately emerged as a major figure in the Conservative Party and was a vocal Brexit campaigner. Theresa May has also made some key changes that include changing the portfolio of Minister of State Alok Sharma from housing to employment. 50-year-old Sharma was closely associated with dealing with the impact of the Grenfell tower blaze in London in June last year, which caused 71 deaths. No reason has been given for the change of department for Sharma, but the induction of Sunak and Fernandes is seen as a move to strengthen her team for the future.
Meanwhile, Rishi Sunak who has been pro-Brexit made notable contributions in the House of Commons on issues such as the digital economy, illegal wildlife trade, foreign direct investment and social mobility as per HT reports. Sunak, the UK-born son of an Indian doctor and a pharmacist mother, married Narayana Murthy’s daughter Akshata Murthy in 2009. He studied at Winchester College and Oxford and did his MBA at Stanford University. Akshata Murthy was his classmate at the Stanford Business School. The couple has two daughters, Krishna and Anoushka. He co-founded a London-based global investment firm and entered politics in 2014. His 1 billion pound global investment firm specializes in funding small British businesses.