'Britain's Obama' urges ties with West Africa

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ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — A British lawmaker widely viewed as a rising star in the Labour Party says the United Kingdom should more aggressively forge ties with West Africa's growing economies.

While leading a trade mission to Nigeria and Ghana this week, 34-year-old Chuka Umunna said it is important to counter the perception that the U.K. is a complacent partner with its former colonies.

Umunna has been branded the "British Barack Obama" by some media outlets, but he dismissed the comparison as shallow and made merely because both men are black.

Though he declined to be specific when discussing his own political ambitions, the shadow business secretary said he was eager to help bring the Labour Party back to power in the 2015 elections.

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