January 14, 2018 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
London: Britain’s first woman Sikh Member of Parliament (MP) Preet Kaur Gill has been elevated to the Shadow Cabinet by the Opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
The Shadow Cabinet is the team of senior parliamentarians chosen by the Leader of the Opposition to mirror the Cabinet in Government. In Shadow Cabinet each member is appointed to lead on a specific policy area for their party and to question and challenge their counterpart in the Cabinet. In this way, the Opposition seeks to present itself as an alternative government-in-waiting.
Preet Kaur Gill, 44, won her Birmingham Edgbaston seat for the Labour party in the June 8 snap polls last year.
In July, she was elected to the Home Affairs Select Committee in the British Parliament.
She was promoted to the post of shadow minister for international development in Mr Corbyn’s New Year reshuffle of what he brands as a “government-in-waiting”.
“We had no Sikh MPs prior to this election. So, Sikhs had no representation and we had no female Sikh representation. Parliament must reflect the people it serves,” Ms Gill had said at the time of her election.
Sikh Federation UK has welcomed the decision of the Labour party. The Sikh body has also extended congratulations to MP Preet Kaur Gill.
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