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Euro parliament could soon get first black British woman

RISING STAR: Sanchia Alasia's political career is moving in the right direction

LABOUR COUNCILLOR Sanchia Alasia is on a path to break new ground by moving closer to the possibility of becoming the first British black woman elected to European parliament.

The politician who represents Barking and Dagenham has been selected as one of six candidates who could be voted into the European chamber. The elections are scheduled for May 22, 2014.

Much of Alasia’s work within the area has been focussed on countering the extremist threat of the British National Party (BNP).

She unseated BNP councillor Robert Bailey, and in the process became the youngest-serving woman on the council.

A specialist on French politics, who currently chairs her council’s health and adult services scrutiny committee, Alasia expressed pride at being chosen as a European parliamentary candidate.

“It is a great honour and privilege to have been chosen as a candidate by the Labour party for the European elections in the London region for 2014,” she said.

“I look forward to being able to use my direct experience to help Labour and sister parties across Europe tackle the rising threat of the far right.

“This seat is not my seat but for every one of the nine million residents of London.”

Alasia, born in Jamaica and raised in Newham, east London, was elected as a Labour Party councillor in the May 2010 local elections, achieving a seven per cent swing of the vote.

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