Our Thursday Conversation will be with Chuka Umunna MP “In Conversation”.
A corporate employment law solicitor by profession, Chuka studied English Law and French Law at the University of Manchester and the University of Burgundy, followed by Nottingham Law School. He trained and practised at the international City law firm Herbert Smith where he acted for businesses, from global conglomerates to family-run firms working on commercial transactions and high-value civil litigation. Later he worked at the central London law firm Rochman Landau.
Following his election to Parliament in June 2010 he was elected to serve on the Treasury Select Committee and was later appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party. In May 2011, Chuka became Shadow Minister for Small Business and Enterprise. In October 2011, he was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, replacing John Denham who announced his resignation from the Shadow Cabinet. Chuka held this post until September 2015. Chuka is currently Chair of Vote Leave Watch, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration, and is a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee.