Chuka is the former Member of Parliament for Streatham. In 2019 he co-founded The Independent Group with ten other former Labour and Conservative MPs. He later sat as a member of the Liberal Democrats, and was their spokesperson for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, International Development , and International Trade.
He chairs the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Social Integration and on EU Relations and is a leading figure in the cross-party People’s Vote campaign for a referendum on the final Brexit deal. From 2011 to 2015 he served as the Labour Party’s Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Before entering parliament, he practiced as a solicitor specialising in employment law for several years.