UK elects First female Sikh and First turbaned lawmaker

UK elects First female Sikh and First turbaned lawmaker pardesi news 1497529920

UK recently got its first female Sikh MP and first turban-wearing MP as the UK general election results threw up a small increase in the number of Indian-origin MPs in the House of Commons.

In a first Ms. Preet Kaur Gill, winning from Birmingham Edbaston has become the first Sikh woman to be elected to the British Parliament’s House of Commons. Similarly, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (also known as Tan), has won from the Slough constituency, becoming the first turban-wearing Sikh to be elected to the House of Commons.

Speaking on her election and role of an MP, the first female Sikh MP said, “I am delighted I have been given the opportunity to become the next MP for Edgbaston where I was born and raised. I want to engage with the people of Edgbaston and with hard work, passion and determination I think we can achieve great things together”.

Gill, the daughter of a bus driver at the Harborne depot, was born and raised in Edgbaston. She credits her father for her passion for political life, who she said "worked tirelessly for the local community". "He encouraged me to 'make a difference' and to get the new generation to take on the mantle of serving their local community for a better Britain," she has said.  Ms. Gill secured 24,124 votes to hold the seat in Birmingham Edgbaston for the Labour Party with a majority of 6,917.  While, Mr. Dhesi said he was ‘humbled’ and wanted to serve the town where he was born and raised.

Interestingly, this will be for the first time that  the House of Commons will have a record 12 Indian-origin MPs, which will be two more than the present record of 10 (five each from Labour and Conservative).  Importantly, the United Kingdom went to polls on June 8th, 2017 after the British Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap general election in April. However, seat results have confirmed that her snap election gambit has failed, wiping out her party’s majority and lead.

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