History making Sikh MPs back in British Parliament

In 207 UK snap elections, Preet Kaur Gill made history for being the first Sikh female to be elected as a Member of Parliament while Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi became the first turban-wearing Sikh MP. They both won this round.

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MPs Preet Kaur Gill and Tanmanjeet Singh
By Asia Samachar Team | UK |

Two Sikh MPs who created history in the 2017 snaps elections are back in the Parliament, now firmly under the firm control of the Conservation Party, after yesterday’s general elections.

Preet Kaur Gill made history for being the first Sikh female to be elected as a Member of Parliament while Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi became the first turban-wearing Sikh MP.

Both are from the Labour Party which was unable to dethrone Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives which won 364 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons, giving the Tories their biggest majority held since Margaret Thatcher’s win in 1987. Labour won 203 seats.

Preet won Birmingham Edgbaston with 27,217 votes, fending off Tory challenge of Alex Yip, with 15,603.

Tanmanjeet retained the Slough constituency with 29,421 votes, almost double that of Tory contender Kanwal Toor Gill (15,781).

“‪Immensely grateful to the good people of #Slough for having once again bestowed their faith in me. I won’t let you down and will be a strong, solid voice for you in Parliament and beyond,” said Tanmanjeet in a Facebook entry.

In another entry later, he says: “Sought blessings at local Gurdwara this early morning, for having been bestowed once again the honour and privilege to represent the fine people of Slough.”

Other Labour candidates who won included veteran MP Virendra Sharma, Lisa Nandy, Seema Malhotra and Valerie Vaz who another Indian-origin Tory candidate Gurjit Bains.

All the Indian-origin MPs from the previous Parliament were successful in clinching their seats, with Gagan Mohindra and Claire Coutinho for the Conservative Party and Navendru Mishra for Labour among the first-timers, reports PTI.

Other big-wig winners from the Conservative included Priti Patel, Rishi Sunak and Alok Sharma – all having held ministerial positions.

Tanmanjeet Singh’s Facebook entry after emerging a winner in the UK general elections 2019

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