Chuka was elected to the UK Parliament as the Member of Parliament for Streatham from May 2010 until November 2019.
He served first as Shadow Minister for Small Business in HM Official Opposition and then as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills from 2011-2015.
As Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills he was a leading advocate in Parliament of the responsible capitalism agenda and how businesses can create shared value in society. He helped lead the successful campaign against the takeover of AstraZenca by Pfizer to protect the UK’s science base. He instigated the establishment of the annual Small Business Saturday campaign in the UK in 2013. He also led trade delegations for business organisations to West Africa and China whilst in post.
He left the Shadow Cabinet in September 2015 and subsequently resigned the Labour whip to sit as an independent MP in February 2019 due to policy differences with the Labour leadership over Brexit, the economy, national security, and because of anti-Jewish racism in the party.
He was a leading figure in the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign during the 2016 EU referendum, and subsequently co-founded the People’s Vote campaign.
In June 2019 Chuka joined the Liberal Democrats and was immediately appointed to become the party’s Treasury and Business spokesperson, before being appointed in August 2019 as the party’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, also leading on international trade.
He stood as the Liberal Democrats’ candidate in the Cities of London and Westminster in the 2019 General Election, in which he was endorsed by The Economist and The Observer newspapers and by people from across the political spectrum including the former Conservative Deputy Prime Minister, Lord Michael Heseltine. Though he was not elected, whilst the Conservative MP lost 6.7% of their vote in the seat, he almost trebled the Lib Dem share of the vote increasing it by 19.6%.
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