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

  • 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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