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Labour candidate Uma Kumaran on a Gaza ceasefire, the NHS and the Grenfell fire 

As part of The Slice Tower Hamlets’ coverage of the 2024 general election, we interview Uma Kumaran, the Labour Party candidate for Stratford and Bow. 

Uma Kumaran is Labour’s candidate for Stratford and Bow, a brand new, third constituency in Tower Hamlets. We quizzed Kumaran on whether Labour would stop arms sales to Israel, the environment, and more. 

Kumaran was born in East London, where her parents first settled when they fled the civil war in Sri Lanka. She credits a Labour MP for helping her parents when they moved to the East End and wants to give back to the community by standing for office now.

Kumaran completed an undergraduate degree in politics at Queen Mary University of London, before pursuing a master’s in public policy. She then became senior campaign adviser and then senior adviser to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

In September 2020, she was the deputy director of parliamentary affairs for Keir Starmer. Kumaran then became the director of diplomatic and international relations on behalf of the Co-Chairs of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. She is an advisory member of the Labour Climate and Environment Forum. 

We asked Kumaran about the most important issues facing residents in Stratford and Bow, and how she’d address them.

For more of our general election coverage, watch our interview with Tony Glover, Reform UK candidate for Poplar and Limehouse.

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3 thoughts on “Labour candidate Uma Kumaran on a Gaza ceasefire, the NHS and the Grenfell fire 

  • Hi Uma. How can you call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza without mentioning the safe return of over 100 hostages that Hamas is holding amongst the Palestinian civilian population?? There will be no more bloodshed when the hostages are returned. Instead you should be putting pressure on the Hamas terrorists to end the war.

  • well done, congratulation, I am very proved of you , God bless you parents and teacher your community very proved of you, Thank you ,I hope you do very well we all support you ,


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