Iranian-born candidate attempts to create UK history by bringing down prime minister in 12 December 2018 General election

‘It’s a Fight for the Soul of the Country’ – Ali Milani, the 25-Year-Old Hoping to Unseat Boris

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks outside number 10 Downing Street in central London on November 6, 2019. Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP

Labour’s Uxbridge candidate could be the first person in history to oust a sitting British

The UK political history books may well have to be ripped up as a 25 year-old Iranian-born candidate tries to topple Boris Johnson in his constituency in the upcoming election. Can the unthinkable happen?

Ali Milani is Johnson’s Labour challenger in the west London seat of Uxbridge and South Ruislip. He was born in Tehran and moved to the UK at the age of 5 where he lived in social (public) housing with his family – his upbringing couldn’t contrast more starkly from that of the 55 year-old Eton- and Oxford-educated Johnson.


Johnson is defending a 5,034 majority, but one that was more than halved at the 2017 general election. If Milani can secure a five percent swing in favor of Labour then he will unseat the UK prime minister, who would then become the first in UK political history to suffer the humiliation.

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