Theresa May promotes Nigerian born British MP to Conservative Vice Chair
Nigerian born British MP, Kemi Badenoch
By Adesina Idris
London, Jan 8, 2018 (AltAfrika)– A Nigerian born British MP, Kemi Badenoch has been appointed a Vice Chair of the Conservative Pary by the British Prime Minister , Theresay May
The newly elected black MP for Saffron Walden is one of nine new vice chairmen appointed by Mrs May in the reshuffle taking the total number of party vice-chairmen to 13.
Her elevation symbolised Mrs May’s wish to bring on young talent and to make the party high command to reflect Britain’s diverse communities.
By the appointment, the 37-year-old MP who only entered the House of Commons seven months ago has been put in charge of selecting Conservative candidates for the 2022 general election as Theresa May seeks to broaden the appeal of the party.
Kemi Badenoch, fourth from right with Prime Minister Theresa May and other appointees. Photo: Evening Standard
Kemi Badenoch, who was brought up in Nigeria introduced Mrs May’s leader’s speech at the party conference in October, 2017.
The Tory party is expecting to start selecting candidates to fight next election in the next few months, putting Ms Badenoch in an influential position over the next generation of Conservative MPs.
Ethnic minority and younger MPs were promoted to modernise the party following a disastrous general election and in response to an apparent surge in support for Labour among young people.