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Chuka Umunna MP

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Chuka will discuss digital automation and the impact on the labour market. He will address Brexit and how this may affect the UK’s digital industrial future.


Chuka is the Labour MP for the Streatham constituency.

Born in October 1978 to a Nigerian father and English-Irish mother, Chuka grew up in Streatham and attended local schools. He studied law at the University of Manchester and the University of Burgundy, followed by Nottingham Law School. Following his education and further training at a City law firm, he specialised as a solicitor in employment law and acted for both employees and employers for just under decade.

Chuka was selected by Streatham Labour Party to be Labour’s parliamentary candidate in March 2008, following the retirement of Keith Hill MP, who had served the constituency since 1992. Chuka retained the seat for Labour at the May 2010 General Election, winning 43% of the vote and becoming Streatham’s first MP to have grown up in the area. He was re-elected for a third time in 2017.

In 2011 Chuka was appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. He left this role in autumn 2015.

During the European Union Referendum campaign, Chuka campaigned for Britain to remain a member of the EU and was one of the political champions of Britain Stronger IN Europe.