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UK Elections 2017: Indian Origin Preet Gill becomes the First Female Sikh MP

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Preet Kaur Gill, elected MP of Birmingham Edgbaston. Twitter
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  • The UK elections 2017 saw a remarkable result as Indian-origin Labour Party candidates secured more votes than the rivals conservatives
  • Preet Kaur Gill, hailing from Edgbaston Birmingham, has become the first female Sikh MP of the UK
  • In another series of firsts, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi has become the first Labour Party’ turban wearing MP

June 08, 2017: The 2017 UK elections have resulted in a hung parliament but there are clearly some victories to be celebrated.

The UK has chosen its first female Sikh MP. An Indian-origin Labor party candidate, Preet Kaur Gill has won by a margin of 6,917 votes over her political rival Caroline Squire from the Conservative Party.

Having secured 24,124 votes, Preet Gill has become MP for Birmingham Edgbaston where she was born and raised. Gill is a councilor representing the St. Paul’s Ward in Sandwell Metropolitan Borough.

Gill gives credits her father for her passion in political life. He was a bus driver who “worked tirelessly for the local community”. Preet Gill holds a first class honor’s degree in Sociology and Social Work from the University of East of London. She has worked in India for UNICEF.

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In other firsts, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi of the Labor Party has become the first turban-wearing MP of the UK. Dhesi secured 34,170 votes to become the MP for Slough constituency. He won by a margin of 16,998 votes over his Conservative rival. Dhesi said he is “humbled” to be chosen to serve the town where he was born and raised.

First turban-wearing MP of UK
Elected MP from Slough, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi. Twitter

Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi was also the youngest elected Sikh Mayor of Europe in 2011. 10 MPs of Indian Origin were part of the House of Commons until last year. This year the record has gone up to 12.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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  • vedika kakar

    I respect that even though whatever the UK is going through they are not losing hope on non-christian cultures and communities.

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Trauma in Childhood is Linked to Negative Outcomes in Adulthood

"The participants who felt more optimistic or in control of their lives may have been better at waking up with pain but somehow managing not to let it ruin their day.

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The findings, published in the Journal of Behavioural Medicine, suggested that experiencing trauma or adversity in childhood or adolescence was linked with mood or sleep problems in adulthood.
A Child in pain, Pixabay

Do you want your children to be happy when they grow up? If yes, then you have to make sure that they are not experiencing any kind of trauma as a child. A new study, including an Indian-origin researcher, suggests that childhood trauma or adversity may trigger physical pain in adulthood.

The findings, published in the Journal of Behavioural Medicine, suggested that experiencing trauma or adversity in childhood or adolescence was linked with mood or sleep problems in adulthood.

“The findings suggest that early life trauma is leading to adults having more problems with mood and sleep, which in turn lead to them feeling more pain and feeling like pain is interfering with their day,” said co-author Ambika Mathur from the Pennsylvania State University.

But the connection was weaker in those who felt more optimistic and in control of their lives, the researcher said.

“The participants who felt more optimistic or in control of their lives may have been better at waking up with pain but somehow managing not to let it ruin their day.

“They may be feeling the same amount or intensity of pain, but they’ve taken control of and are optimistic about not letting the pain interfere with their day,” Mathur added.

The findings, published in the Journal of Behavioural Medicine, suggested that experiencing trauma or adversity in childhood or adolescence was linked with mood or sleep problems in adulthood.
Childhood Trauma can lead to pain in Adulthood, Pixabay

The findings build on previous research that suggests a link between adult physical pain and early-in-life trauma or adversity, which can include abuse or neglect, major illness, financial issues, or loss of a parent, among others, the researcher said.

For the current study, researchers recruited a diverse group of 265 participants who reported some form of adversity in their early lives.

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They answered questions about their early childhood or adolescent adversity, current mood, sleep disturbances, optimism, how in control of their lives they feel, and if they recently felt pain.

The researchers also looked at how optimism or feeling in control could affect how much pain a person experiences.

They found that while participants who showed these forms of resilience didn’t have as strong a connection between trouble sleeping and pain interfering with their day, the resilience didn’t affect the intensity of pain. (IANS)