Black Letter Law Directory | 2015 | The Legislature and the Executive

In this section you will find those who are of African, Asian, Caribbean and other ethnic minority ancestry in the UK’s two Houses of Parliament (the House of Commons and the House of Lords). Those in the House of Commons are referred to as MPs and those in the Lords are peers. All Government Ministers are from one or the other House.

Lord Paul Boateng

Paul Boateng became a peer in the House of Lords...

Helen Grant MP

Helen Grant is the Minister for Sport, Tourism and Equalities, in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Between 2012 and 2013 she held the joint ministerial post of the Minster of Justice and for Women's and Equalities issues. She became the first...

Sadiq Khan MP

Sadiq Khan has been the Labour MP for Tooting, South West London, since 2005 and became the Shadow Secretary of State for Justice in October 2010. In 2009 Sadiq became the first Asian and first Muslim to ever attend Cabinet when he was appointed as Secretary of State for Transport. He was also...

David Lammy MP

David Lammy became the youngest qualifying barrister in England in 1994 and went on to become the youngest Member of Parliament at the age of 27. He was named in the 2012 Powerlist, which profiles Britain’s 100 most influential people of African or African Caribbean heritage. David is currently...

Patricia Scotland QC, Baroness Scotland of Asthal

Patricia Scotland QC is a Labour peer in the House of Lords and a barrister at 4 Paper Buildings and has made legal history many times. She has previously served in many ministerial positions within the Government, most notably as the Attorney-General for England and...

Lord John Taylor CBE

Lord Taylor of Warwick became the first black Conservative peer and also one of the youngest peers in the House of Lords in 1996 at the age of 42. He was awarded a CBE in 1992 for his political service. However, in May 2011 he was jailed for 12 months when he became the first peer to be found...

Chuka Umunna MP

Chuka Umunna was elected as the Labour MP for Streatham on 6 May 2010 and after less than 18 months in Parliament he joined the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Business Secretary on 7 October...

Shailesh Vara MP

Shailesh Vara is the Justice Minister responsible for the Courts and Legal Aid. He is a member of the Conservative Party and was first elected as a Member of Parliament for North West Cambridgeshire in May 2005, and re-elected in 2010 and 2015. He has held various local, regional and national...

Keith Vaz MP

Keith Vaz is a Labour MP and Chair of the influential Home Affairs Select Committee. In November 2011 he was named as the third most influential Asian in the country by publications Garavi Gujarat (GG2) and Eastern Eye (EE) and was named as one of the Times Law 100 most...

Sayeeda Warsi, Baroness Warsi

Sayeeda Hussain Warsi is a peer in the House of Lords. She held a dual post as the Minister of State at the Foreign Office as well as the Minister for Faith and Communities at the Ministry of Communities and Local Government