– Parliamentary Conservative
Candidate = Leicester East
Suella Fernandes is a trainee Barrister
who has been an active member of her local community.
Her mother, Uma
Fernandes, is a nurse and a local Councillor and
was a Parliamentary candidate. Her father, Christie
Fernandes, (ex- Nairobi - Dr Ribeiro School - Class
of '63 and Assagao, Goa) is a local activist.
Suella has been selected as the Conservative
candidate for Leicester East at the next General Election,
opposing Labour’s Keith Vaz.
In her free time, Suella is a keen
charity worker, assisting Legal Advice Clinics and
as a School Governor. She was Chairman of Cambridge
Conservatives whilst studing at the University there.
She was a post-graduate student at the Paris Sorbonne
and speaks fluent French and Spanish. She enjoys playing
jazz piano, listening to R’ and B’ and
reggae music, travelling (especially camping) and
is a film lover.
More Biographical Information at:
April 2005: International Herald Tribune
of the swing voter: An electoral mystery Letter from
Early in Britain's election campaign, Suella
Fernandes, a candidate for the Conservative
opposition, leapt to the microphone and promised
an audience that "Leicester Woman" from
her constituency in central England was about to
stun the nation.
1997, Leicester Woman put her trust in Mr. Blair,"
she said, referring to the British prime minister's
first electoral triumph. "In 2001 she decided
to give him a second chance." But come election
day on May 5, "Leicester Woman is going to give
Mr. Blair a big surprise that will wipe the smile
off his face and put a smile on everybody else's."
Leicester Woman seemed to be the kind of woman Blair
invoked recently when he compared his relationship
with the voters to a marriage gone sour.
not a case of flinging the crockery at him,"
Fernandes said, in what seemed a triumph of hope over
probability, "She's going to kick him out of
text at http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/04/26/news/letter.php
18, 2004. New Statesman.
Tory youth: blue is now
the cool colour.
By Lauren Booth
The Conservative Party
spent the conference season trying to shrug off its
image of blue rinses, blue blazers and varicose veins.
Yet it is not just the boy-band Busted who the Tories
managed to woo to their cause. I saw with my own eyes
a phalanx of bright, attractive, intelligent youth
pouring into the Tory embrace.
Take Suella Fernandes.
Fernandes is 24 years old, a member of the Brent North
Conservative Association in London, and a prospective
parliamentary candidate in Leicester. Pretty, with
blonde streaks in her long hair and red lipstick,
she has nothing in common with the twinset-and-pearls
Tory female stereotype. Her clothes scream high-street
shop, not Harvey Nicks. Her family is comfortably
off and Asian. The Bradford branch of the party was
recently disbanded after two Asian Tories suffered
racism. I ask if it has influenced her view of the
Conservatives. "This is my party. I want them
to win," she says emphatically. Standing nearby
is K wasi, a tall young man dressed in a suit. His
family came to Britain from Africa some years ago
and would once have been seen as solid Labour supporters
September 2003. The Guardian:
The road to No 10.
never felt I've had to struggle," says 23-year-old
Suella Fernandes of being young, Asian and female
in the Conservative Party. "I've just had to
be myself and haven't felt that anything's entitled
to me because I'm an Asian female. I just have to
do my best and work hard for the party in any way
that a white man would have to do."
is a model Conservative. The Sorbonne-educated trainee
barrister was president of Cambridge University's
Conservative Association and says she wouldn't have
continued with her party membership had she felt alienated
and has a firm belief in fundamental Conservative
mother is contesting the Brent East seat for the Tories
in the upcoming by-election and Suella is also on
the candidates list. But is there any point in being
put forward for a seat with a 33,000 Labour majority?
election has an element of chance," she says.
"Stranger things have happened." Suella
will begin studying at the London Law School in September
and says that law and politics are complementary professions.
"Standing up for people's rights and representing
their views at the highest level as part of the establishment
is a step in the right direction for effecting change."
July 2003. The Telegraph.
goes first in race to become a Tory MP.
Fernandes had to beat off a family challenge to be
selected as the Tory candidate for the Brent East
by-election, such is the appetite for Conservative
politics in her household.
55-year-old councillor and community nurse was keen
to fight the seat but first had to persuade her daughter,
a Cambridge and Sorbonne-educated lawyer, not to put
her name forward. "You should let Mummy have
a chance," she told her.
Suella Fernandes, 23, who is also on the Central Office
candidates list, agreed to let her mother go first.
Instead she will team up with her father to distribute
leaflets and promote her mother's interests with north-west
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