Virendra Sharma came to United Kingdom from India in 1968 and became a bus conductor on the 207 route, later working as a day services manager for people with learning disabilities in Hillingdon. He began his political career by joining the Liberal Party, then switched to Labour in later years. He calls “Look when I went to Britain, the first job I did was as a bus conductor then I got involved in the local trade union. I was fortunate that at a very early age I had the opportunity. When I went there I was 21 but I was 23 when I was first elected to what we call as an organiser for a trade union. I was the youngest organiser in the trade union movement.