Students conference call Stockport MP Navendu Mishra

Students conference call Stockport MP Navendu Mishra

What was Navendu Mishra’s motivation for becoming a member of Parliament?

Students from our campaign body, the Equalities Council, caught up with the MP on his sixth month anniversary as representative for Stockport in the House of Commons to find out more.

Speaking over Microsoft Teams video conferencing platform, Navendu revealed he chose to step up when the former coalition government decided to reform university fees.

He said he also wanted to break ground, like fellow Labour party member, Diane Abbott, who became the UK’s first black female MP in 1987.

Student Engagement Lead, who coordinates the College's Student Equalities Council, Michelle McLaughlin, said: “Navendu talked about making a big step forward in terms of inclusion and revealed to the students his biggest inspirations – Mahatma Gandhi and Diane Abbott.

“It was a privilege and a pleasure to see the students talk for so long with one of our new members of Parliament, and we hope to continue to build this relationship with Navendu for a long time to come.”

Former retail worker and trade unionist, Navendu, also spoke to students about his current campaign to address equal pay for young people - currently paid a rising minimum wage up to the age of 25.

Member of Parliament for Stockport Navendu Mishra said “I was delighted to take part in a discussion with members of Stockport College’s Equalities Council recently, and talk to them about my political journey and experiences since becoming an MP.

“I believe it’s so important for younger generations to engage in the political process and campaign for a better world, and I look forward to seeing Stockport College students lining the green and red benches of Parliament one day.”