Britain’s first woman Sikh MP has been elected to an influential cross-party panel in the UK Parliament that examines the workings of the Home Office.
44-year-old Preet Kaur Gill, who successfully contested the Edgbaston seat for the Labour party in the June 8 snap general election, has been elected to the Home Affairs Select Committee in the UK Parliament.
“We had no Sikh MPs prior to this election. So, Sikhs had no representation, and we had no female Sikh representation. Parliament must reflect the people it serves,” said the newly appointed MP, who will join 10 other British MPs on the committee.
Gill has also been chosen to lead the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Sikhs.
“The APPG has made an excellent start this week…we are confident Preet will make an excellent chair to guide the APPG to make concrete progress on some of the key issues of importance to the Sikh community,” said Bhai Amrik Singh, chair of Sikh Federation (UK).
Meanwhile, a veteran Indian-origin Labour MP, Virendra Sharma, has also been re-elected to the chair of the Indo-British All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG).
The 70-year-old, who has been the Chair of the group for seven long years as the only first-generation member of the Indian Diaspora in the House of Commons, was unanimously re-elected by the cross-party meeting of members of both Houses of Parliament this week.
The group, of which fellow Indian-origin Labour MP Seema Malhotra was elected vice-chair, will work to promote understanding and co-operation between the people and parliamentarians of India and Britain.
“The Brexit negotiation period will be a challenging time for the United Kingdom and I want to do everything I can to encourage further trade and investment opportunities between the UK and India,” said Sharma, the MP for Ealing Southall.
Earlier this year, Sharma had visited India while leading an international cross party delegation of parliamentarians to Agra and Delhi, where the group had met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
We congratulate the new elected members of the UK Parliament and wish them All the very best for their respective assignments.