BAME Forum

Our Mission

Mission Statement

Conservative BAME Forum is an independent grassroots organisation with a mission to build stronger links between ethnic minority communities and the Conservative Party at all levels. Furthermore, we seek to empower BAME members of the party across the country with tools and resources, and enable them to take an active role in community life as grass-root activists, councillors, party officers and parliamentarians.

Conservative BAME Forum will seek to represent the true interests of the BAME community in the Conservative Party. BAME Forum would act as a Bridge in translating the concerns of the community with the conservative policy makers and dispel any biased and misleading information through awareness and education outreach programmes.

Aims & Objectives

BAME Community

To ensure the voice of the BAME community is heard at all levels within the
Conservative Party.

Party Influencers

To assist and enable BAME communities to communicate with party influencers and policy makers on matters concerning the community.


To encourage BAME community members to join local association and bodies within the party and serve the wider community.


To facilitate platforms for better engagement with BAME communities to get involved in the Conservative Party.

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Core Activities


Conduct Events, Webinars & talks on policy matters relevant to the BAME Community.


Use of the party bodies and local associations to engage on the matters related to the community.


Empower BAME community members to engage with conservative party & Take active roles within the party.

Engagement with MPs

Work closely with the MP’s and community; Act as a bridge, Provide MP’s with a regular dossier / updates on BAME matters.

Party Membership

Encourage community to join membership of the Conservative party so they have a say in party affairs including choice of candidates.

Our Team

Founding Members of BAME Conservative Forum are:

Cllr Rajesh Singh

Head of Delivery

Cllr Samantha Harvey


Maurisa S. Coleman

Head of Comms/Events

Cllr Sanjay Shambhu


Cllr Shade Adoh

Head of Outreach/Fundraising

Alaina Albert

Industrial Analyst

Elected Bame Conservatives

Conservatives Party association with BAME community dates back over a hundred years. We are proud to be an inclusive party for everyone.

  1. Mancherjee Bhownaggree, MP for Bethnal Green North East 1895 to 1906
  2. Jonathan Sayeed, MP for Bristol East, 1983 to 1992 and Mid Bedfordshire from 1997 to 2005
  3. Nirj Deva, MP for Brentford and Isleworth, 1992 to 1997
  4. Richard Hickmet, MP for Glanford and Scunthorpe, 1983 to 1987
  5. Sebastian Coe, MP for Falmouth and Camborne, 1992 to 1997
  6. Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor since 2005
  7. Shailesh Vara, MP for North West Cambridgeshire since 2005
  8. Rehman Chishti, MP for Gillingham and Rainham since 2010
  9. Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and The Weald 2010
  10. Sajid Javid, MP for Bromsgrove since 2010
  11. Kwasi Kwarteng, MP for Spelthorne since 2010
  12. Priti Patel, MP for Witham since 2010
  13. Alok Sharma, MP for Reading West since 2010
  14. Paul Uppal, MP for Wolverhampton South West, 2010 to 2015
  15. Nadhim Zahaw, MP for Stratford-on-Avon since 2010
  16. James Cleverly, MP for Braintree since 2015
  17. Suella Braverman, MP for Fareham since 2015
  18. Nusrat Ghani, MP for Wealden since 2015
  19. Ranil Jayawardena, MP for North East Hampshire since 2015
  20. Seema Kennedy, MP for South Ribble, 2015 to 2019
  21. Alan Mak, MP for Havant since 2015
  22. Rishi Sunak, MP for Richmond since 2015
  23. Bim Afolami, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden since 2017
  24. Kemi Badenoch, MP for Saffron Walden since 2017
  25. Saqib Bhatti, MP for Meriden since 2019
  26. Claire Coutinho, MP for East Surrey since 2019
  27. Darren Henry, MP for Broxtowe since 2019
  28. Imran Ahmad-Khan, MP for Wakefield since 2019
  29. Gagan Mohindra, MP for South West Hertfordshire since 2019
  1. Marcus Samuel, 1st Viscount Bearsted, 1921 – 1927
  2. Walter Samuel, 2nd Viscount Bearste, 1927 – 1948
  3. Shreela Flather, Baroness Flather, 1990
  4. John Taylor, Baron Taylor of Warwick, 1996
  5. Maurice Saatchi, Baron Saatchi, 1996
  6. Raj Bagri, Baron Bagri, 1997 – 2010
  7. Sebastian Coe, Baron Coe, 2000
  8. Diljit Rana, Baron Rana, 2004
  9. Sandip Verma, Baroness Verma, 2006
  10. Mohamed Sheikh, Baron Sheikh, 2006
  11. Sayeeda Warsi, Baroness Warsi, 2007
  12. Nat Wei, Baron Wei, 2010
  13. Dolar Popat, Baron Popat, 2010
  14. Bernard Ribeiro, Baron Ribeiro, 2010
  15. Tariq Ahmad, Baron Ahmad of Wimbledon, 2011
  16. Zahida Manzoor, Baroness Manzoor, 2013
  17. Ranbir Singh Suri, Baron Suri, 2014
  18. Nosheena Mobarik, Baroness Mobarik, 2014
  19. Ruby McGregor-Smith, Baroness McGregor-Smith, 2015
  20. Jitesh Gadhia, Baron Gadhia, 2016
  21. Zameer Choudrey, Baron Choudrey, 2019
  22. Rami Ranger, Baron Ranger, 2019
    James Cleverly, Bexley and Bromley, 2008 – 2016
  2. Kemi Badenoch, London-wide, 2015 – 2017
  3. Shaun Bailey, London-wide, 2016
  1. Mohammad Asghar, South Wales East, 2009
  2. Altaf Hussain, South Wales West, 2015 – 2016
  1. Nirj Deva, South East England, 1999 – 2019
  2. Bashir Khanbhai, East of England, 1999 – 2004
  3. Sajjad Karim, North West England, 2004 – 2006
  4. Syed Kamall, London, 2005 – 2019
  5. Amjad Bashir, Yorkshire and the Humber 2014 – 2020
  6. Steven Woolfe, North West England, 2018 – 2019
  7. Nosheena Mobarik, Scotland, 2017 – 2020

Contact Us


    Cllr Samantha Harvey


    Samantha Harvey was elected in 2018 as the UK’s first Chinese-born district councillor and represents the Wakefield Rural Ward. This achievement can be traced to the recognition Sam accrued as the founder of One World travel agency. Her business success motivated Sam to run as a councillor, hoping to become a loyal, local politician for Wakefield.

    Since her election, Sam has achieved several campaign pledges including improving local roads. Sam is also a key figure in Wakefield’s economic rejuvenation plan. Recently, Sam became the shadow Portfolio Holder of Regeneration and Economic Growth, allowing her to ensure that rejuvenation continues effectively. Additionally, in June, Sam used her contacts in Nanning to procure a bulk amount of PPE for local key workers battling Covid-19.

    Sam is up for re-election in 2021 and is focused on tackling a challenging year for Wakefield caused by the pandemic.


    Cllr Sanjay Shambu


    Sanjay is a unitary Councillor on the South Gloucestershire Council and represents Charlton & Cribbs constituent ward. He is also a school governor at Charlton Wood Primary Academy. In the voluntary party, Sanjay is deputy chair of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Conservative area, which represents thirteen parliamentary constituencies in the south-west region.
    Sanjay is a lifelong supporter of Royal British Legion and British Armed forces. Sanjay was instrumental in leading the #BackBoris campaign in his area, which successfully contributed to Boris Johnson’s leadership campaign.
    By profession, Sanjay is a software engineer and specialises in data engineering and artificial intelligence. He is a passionate Conservative since his university days at Oxford, where he was a member of the Oxford Union and graduated with distinction.

    Cllr Shade Adoh

    Head of Outreach/Fundraising

    Cllr Shade Adoh is a registered Nurse and a Unitary Councillor representing a rural and diverse community. Shade sits on Standards, Children and Education committees. Shade Stood as a Parliamentary candidate in 2017 and 2019 in Doncaster and Walthamstow. She volunteers with local Healthwatch to signpost residents, advocate and influence health and social care providers so services are designed to meet local needs. 

    She is a have been a full-time mother, chair of PTA and a parent governor at a local school. She volunteered for almost two years at the Citizens’ Advice Bureau. 

    The knowledge, skills and experience of doing these works and having these responsibilities have made her realise just how important it is to genuinely represent BAME community views. 

    Maurisa S. Coleman

    Head of Comms/Events

    Maurisa S. Coleman is a British–Trinidadian, Political Activist, Business and Finance Entrepreneur, and currently working for the House of Commons.

    Her passion for government and politics became a strong focus area following several International Relations business ventures and committee engagements through her company Maurisa Coleman Incorporated Ltd: Business and Financial Consulting. Her earlier career spans Hotel management, chartered financial management of projects for global firms across the EMEA region and film production through Black Panther Productions of which she is a co-owner.

    Maurisa is a strong voice in the Caribbean community with her continued interest and involvement in Notting Hill Carnival as National Ambassador.  She has also worked on promoting equality and fairness in the BAME community through her parliamentary work, such as interviews with the Blue-Collar Tories and articles in Conservative Home. 

    Cllr Rajesh Singh

    Head of Delivery

    Raj Singh has broad experience across the private, public and volunteering sector and presently a councillor from the Reading borough council. He holds the portfolio of shadow lead councillor for Neighbourhood and communities, additionally working as security cleared senior project manager in the cyber technology area. He migrated to the U.K. in the year 2007-08 and studied Business Information Technology for a master’s degree. While studying, Mr Singh was awarded Outstanding Student Ambassador for Middlesex University for his volunteering work in the education sector with pupils from the disadvantaged background.

    Raj is a passionate grassroots campaigner and involved in engaging with various community leaders, events and voluntary work majorly focused on ethnic minorities and Indian diaspora of U.K. and previously organised blood donation camps and events to raise funds for the Nepal Earthquake and Kashmir floods for various charities and registered responder for Royal voluntary service.