All parties should have quotas for ethnic minority candidates to address their underrepresentation in parliament, a prospective MP has said.
In 2010, 26 people from ethnic minorities were elected to the House of Commons. That's just 4% of sitting MPs, a fraction of the UK's 14% ethnic minority population.
Mr Azu received just 152 votes when he stood in Brentford for the APP at last year's local elections, and he's unlikely to be causing sleepless nights for Tory MP Mary Macleod or her Labour challenger Ruth Cadbury.
But the 45-year-old father-of-three, who lives on the Brentford Towers estate, hopes that just by standing he will encourage more people from ethnic minorities to consider going into politics.
"I think there's a lack of understanding and interest in British politics among the black and ethnic minority communities," he said. "We need to do more to engage with those communities give them the opportunities at the top level of British politics and provide them with role models.
"I think all parties should have quotas to help us get at least 10% representation in parliament. There's been progress in terms of the number of women MPs but not enough is being done when it comes to the proportion from black and ethnic minorities."
Mr Azu is a self-employed author and publisher, and a panelist on the black and ethnic minority oriented channel BEN Television.
He believes the biggest issue locally is the need for more social and affordable housing to curb rising house prices caused, he says, by city workers migrating to the suburbs. He would set a target to build 2,500 new social homes over the next five years.
He is also the first candidate in the constituency to publicly support a third runway at Heathrow.
"It's the biggest employer in the borough and anything that can provide more jobs is a good thing," he said. "Expansion should be allowed, provided that can be done while reducing pollution around the airport and ensuring homes under the flight paths are properly insulated from noise."