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Wheelchair fencer Ealing’s Dimitri Coutya was honoured this week at the House of Commons along with the nation’s other Paralympic heroes as UK “superhumans” were welcomed back from the Paralympic Games in Rio at a reception held by Channel 4. Ealing’s Labour MPs Rupa Huq and Steve Pound were on hand to give him a warm welcome. The games were the UK’s most successful ever Paralympics as Brits finished second to China in the medal table.


MP for Ealing Central and Acton Rupa Huq said “It’s great to meet up with Dimitri in Parliament who lives near Pitshanger just round the corner from my old childhood home. Competing at just 18 years old and rushing off to Rio immediately after having finished his A-levels at St Benedict’s School, he is an inspiration to us all”.

Channel 4 pointed out that during Rio 2016 they broadcast over 700 hours of Paralympics coverage watched by 28 million people, nearly half of all UK TV viewers. Rupa added “It’s important to celebrate our Paralympians to Parliament. We have made great strides in disability discrimination legislation particularly under Labour in government. Promoting Para sport across the country and in Parliament is important in fostering the values of diversity, equality, nurturing talent and inspiring change in past stereotypes of disability”.

Shuna Body MBE, UK Team Leader of Wheelchair Fencing commented “It was so wonderful to have such interest from MPs. I have worked with Dimitri since he first came to us, and it was such a privilege to be Team Leader for Wheelchair Fencing at Rio. He really is a star and I firmly believe he has a huge sporting career ahead of him. It was lovely to meet you.”

Ealing Paralympian Receives Hero’s Welcome in Parliament

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Dr Rupa Huq, MP for Ealing Central and Acton has been appointed to the role of Shadow Minister for Home Affairs with responsibility for Crime prevention.

The brief includes CCTV, DNA and drugs amongst other things.

She bolsters the team headed by the New Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott MP.

Dr Huq said “I am delighted to join the Labour Frontbench under Jeremy Corbyn and am looking forward to getting stuck in to my brief and taking the fight to the Tories.”

It’s a big change from protesting on the backbenches to being part of the shadow ministerial team and a rapid ascent but Rupa who’s been an MP for less than 18 months assured the Ealing Gazette that it’d be business as usual.


“Despite my new role, my constituents can be rest assured that I will still continue to hold my weekly advice surgeries, respond to all correspondence and be visible within Ealing Central and Acton.

When asked about her new boss she commented I’ve known Diane since before I was an MP. She has always been a good friend of Ealing Labour and campaigned for us several times in the run up to the election.”

Dr Rupa Huq MP Becomes Shadow Minister

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Dr Rupa Huq MP, Ealing Central and Acton

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