Kerala-born Sojan Joseph is among the winners of the Labour Party, defeating Conservative Party leader Damian Green

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Joseph, 49, a National Health Service mental health nurse in Kent, contested his first parliamentary election, making history by becoming the first Labour candidate to win Ashford, a constituency created 139 years ago.

A family in Kerala’s Kottayam district was waiting for the counting of votes cast in the British general election to begin. A phone call soon provided confirmation. Sojan Joseph, a member of the family who moved to Britain in 2001, was one of the 410 Labour Party MPs. The Labour Party has been out of power for 14 years and was elected to the House of Commons from Ashford. Joseph, 49, a National Health Service mental health nurse in Kent, contested his first parliamentary election. He created history by becoming the first Labour candidate to win from Ashford, a constituency created 139 years ago.

He defeated former First Secretary and Conservative Party leader Damian Green by 1779 votes in a seat considered safe for the Tories. Green represented Ashford for 27 years. Sojan Joseph’s family in Kerala received a flood of congratulatory messages. His 86-year-old father said, “I cannot tell you how happy we all are. We did not sleep all night and were anxiously waiting for the results. His victory in such a big election makes us all very proud.”

He said his son was not very politically active when he was growing up. He was mostly busy with his studies. But we could tell he had socialist leanings. That is probably what attracted him to the Labour Party. He became very active there, running marathons and participating in boat races to raise funds for social causes. On his political inclinations, the father said he had always been a Congress supporter. “My father was a local leader of the party.

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