London : Marsha Singh, a Labour candidate of Indian origin, romped home in Bradford West constituency while sitting MP and Labour candidate Parmjit Dhanda failed to retain his Gloucester seat in the British general elections.
Marsha Singh got 18,401 votes in Bradford West seat. He soundly beat Conservative’s Zahid Iqbal who polled 12,638 votes. Liberal Democrat candidate David Hall-Matthews was third, BBC reported.
Marsha Singh was first elected as MP for Bradford West in 1997. He is a member of the International Development Select Committee.
Born in India, he was educated at Belle Vue Grammar and Loughborough University.
In Gloucester, Dhanda lost to Conservative’s Richard Graham. It had been a close fight with Dhanda polling 17,847 votes while Graham beat him by getting 20,267 votes. Liberal Democrat’s Jeremy Hilton was third with 9,767 votes.
Dhanda had twice won from Gloucester – in 2001 and 2005. Gloucester is an area of diverse industry, including a huge ice-cream factory and a mixture of council and private housing.