Punjabi woman is Labour candidate

April 30, 2017 06:57 AM
Preet Kaur Gill, Labour party candidate from Birmingham-Edgbaston constituency

Chandigarh: Preet Kaur Gill, a councillor in Sandwell, has been selected as Labour party candidate from Birmingham-Edgbaston constituency for the UK snap elections.Preet is replacing party MP Gisela Stuart, who chaired the “leave“ campaign to take UK out of the European Union and recently announced that she would stand down in 2017 election to pass the baton after remaining MP for 20 years.

Gill, 44, is Sandwell's cabinet member for public health and protection. She is also a board member of the Sikh Network, an open collective of Sikh activists and professionals in UK from all backgrounds. The Sikh Network has produced Sikh Manifesto, UK Sikh Survey and 350 Sikh Women.

Reacting to her selection as a nominee of the Labour party, Preet said, “I am delighted. I've 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.“

“I have known Preet and the family for over 30 years and she will be an amazing representative for those living in Edgbaston. We have full confidence that she will become the first ever Sikh woman in the House of Commons and we will do all we can to support her to succeed,“ said Amrik Singh Gill, Chair of Sikh Federation UK.

Sikh Federation said since the general election was officially announced on April 19 they have been exerting public pressure and lobbying with both the main political parties to ensure Sikhs would TRACK DIAS be fielded winnable seats as there was no Sikh MP in the UK parliament before.

“If her father was alive today it would have been like living a dream for him and would have been his proudest moment,“Amrik said.


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