Speaker's Profile

Virendra Sharma
Member of Parliament, UK

Mr. Virendra Sharma was first elected as MP in the Ealing Southall by-election on 19 July 2007. His arrival in Parliament was the end of one long chapter of public service and the beginning of another.

Since 2007, he has been elected twice more and most recently, in 2015, he was re-elected with a majority of nearly 19,000. He served as a councillor in Ealing for 25 years including a term as Mayor.

When first elected, Mr Sharma served as a member of the International Development Select Committee which, after a five year hiatus, he returned to in 2015. He was a member of the Health Select Committee from 2010 - 2015 and has been a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights since his election.

Mr. Sharma currently chairs the Indo-British All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), leads the APPG for Gurkha Welfare and is Co-Chair of the APPG on Nepal, the Tuberculosis Group, the Hepatitis Group and is Vice-Chair of the APPG for British Hindus. He has previously chaired the APPG for Tamils and is still actively involved as the Vice-Chair.