Hounslow's Kiran Cheema chosen to shadow Tory MPs Mary Macleod and Margot James

This Is Local London: Mentors: Kiran Cheema, of Hounslow, will shadow MPs Mary Macleod and Margot James Mentors: Kiran Cheema, of Hounslow, will shadow MPs Mary Macleod and Margot James

A HR consultant has been handpicked to shadow two Conservative MPs as part of a scheme to nuture the next generation of politicians and community leaders.

Kiran Cheema, of Hounslow, is one of 31 people selected to take part in the scheme run by Operation Black Vote and the Communities and Local Government department.

Over the next six months she will shadow Brentford and Isleworth MP Mary Macleod and Margot James, Tory MP for Stourbridge.

The candidates will receive guidance and training from their mentors – MPs and peers from the three main political parties, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party.

It is hoped many will follow their political ambitions by standing as councillors or MPs making Government more reflective of the communities it serves.

Ms Cheema, who was chosen from 150 applicants to take part in the mentoring scheme, said: “It is important because I can learn more about political life and the role an MP plays in dictating and encouraging change.”

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2:16pm Tue 3 Aug 10

lucullus says...

"The next generation of community leaders" means what exactly? I presume I'm not the only one to find it strange that the implication is that minority communities have 'community leaders' while everyone else doesn't ... didn't we throw out such a discredited concept after Broadwater Farm?
"The next generation of community leaders" means what exactly? I presume I'm not the only one to find it strange that the implication is that minority communities have 'community leaders' while everyone else doesn't ... didn't we throw out such a discredited concept after Broadwater Farm? lucullus
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