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'In Chuka Umunna we trust'

TOP MAN: Chuka Umunna (PA)

ON THE eve of the 2010 election when it was already clear that Chuka Umunna was going to win the safe Labour seat of Streatham for his party and become an MP for his first term, myself and Henry Bonsu (the brilliant journalist from Colourful Radio) cornered the young prospective Parliamentary Candidate and reminded him that he had got to where he was with the support of not just black voters but the black press.

Papers like The Voice were instrumental in making it all possible for him. He acknowleged as much.

“Don't forget us when you get to the top," I said. “Nuff of you guys use the black media and then when you get to where you're going you forget about us and we have to get to the back of the queue to even get an interview with you."

Chuka assured us that he wouldn't. In fact, I filmed him saying that to ensure that it went on the record for posterity (you know what I'm like).

Well, I'm pleased to say that Chuka has stuck to his word and has been magnanimous with his time whenever we've wanted to get a comment from him, despite his top ranking role as Shadow Business Secretary.

Quite apart from his commitment to the black press, his Black History Month speech last week in which he charges the television and media industry of stereotyping black folk is not only groundbreaking for a politician, but also shows that Chuka is ‘no flim-flam', ‘no controlled show' - NO SELL OUT.

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