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It's a little known fact that the first Asian MPs were elected to the British Parliament more than a hundred years ago - at the height of the British Empire. At a time when Britain ruled over many peoples of Asian and Africa - ordinary British voters were still happy for men born and brought up in India to speak for them in Parliament. Politics UK this week examines how these remarkable individuals managed to win a place at the heart of the Victorian establishment, and their impact on the future of India itself.
Presented by Susan Hulme. The editor is Elaine Thomas.
Some of the material in this programme was originally broadcast on BBC Radio Four, in the series "Britain's White House" produced by Julia Johnson.