Piara Khabra, born in the Indian Punjab, came to England in 1959. He started working in a bread factory. Then he became a teacher, a trade unionist and rose to become an MP in 1992. Here the MP from the predominantly Asian Southall talks about his early life and
his first day in the British Parliament. Though he has been an MP for twelve years, he says, he still gets a lot of hate mail from the racist elements in the UK and Europe.
From the retirement of Sir Edward Heath in 2001 until his death in June 2007, Khabra was the oldest MP sitting in the House of Commons, and at the end of his career was the only sitting MP to have served in the British Commonwealth‘s forces during the Second World War.