UK’s first woman Sikh MP Preet Kaur Gill was recently elected to an influential cross-party panel, the Home Affairs Select Committee in the British Parliament. The Home Affairs Select Committee is an influential cross-party panel in the UK Parliament that examines the workings of the Home Office. It investigates the spending, policy and administration of the ministerial department. It is incumbent upon the government to respond to each of the report’s recommendations within two months of publication. Gill has also been chosen to lead the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Sikhs. She will be one of 11 MPs on the cross-party home affairs committee.
Earlier it was chaired by Keith Vaz, Britain’s longest-serving Indian-origin MP, who had stepped down in September 2016. Preet Kaur Gill, the daughter of a bus driver at the Harborne depot, was born and raised in Edgbaston, had won the Edgbaston seat for the Labour party in the June 2017 snap general election. She also has been chosen to lead the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Sikhs, which promotes the interests of Sikhs in Britain. Gill’s whose family is from Jamsher, in Jalandhar, Punjab. Her father, Daljit Singh, had moved and settled in the UK in 1962. Meanwhile, a veteran Indian-origin Labour MP, Virendra Sharma, was re-elected chair of the Indo-British All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG). Interestingly, this is 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).