July 20, 2016 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
London (Press Release | July 20): Sikh Council UK initiative to showcase the good work of a range of Sikh organisations in the Members Dining Room in the Houses of Parliament, London was acknowledged as a roaring success by parliamentarians, organisations and community representatives at the event held today. Amongst attendees were Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.
The event held in the heart of UK’s democracy was jointly hosted by Chris White MP (Conservative – Warwick and Leamington) and Jonathan Ashworth MP (Labour – Leicester South).
Secretary General of Sikh Council UK, Gurmel Singh said, “There are many Sikh organisations across the UK doing excellent work serving not only the Sikh community but also the wider community and often some of the most vulnerable in society. This event ensured the excellent contribution of some of these organisations was brought to the attention of Parliamentarians and other key figures in the UK.”
He added, “The Sikh Council UK, amongst other things, was established to raise the profile of Sikhs and our excellent third sector organisations. Holding this prestigious event in the Houses of Parliament is a significant step forward in recent Sikh history in raising the profile of our community. The cross party support from parliamentarians has been extremely encouraging and welcoming.”
Spokesperson and Head of Political Engagement at Sikh Council UK, Gurinder Singh Josan said, “The event exceeded our expectations both for the number and quality of organisations showcasing and the number of Parliamentarians attending. We were pleased to welcome around 40 MP’s and Peers from all parties and particularly pleased that Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP chose this as his first event to attend since being appointed as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Events like this will carry our community forward by delivering a step change in expectations and delivery.”
Organisations attending came from across the UK and included those providing services in disaster relief, education, sports, food for the homeless, support for political prisoners, professional Sikh associations, heritage, chaplaincy and a range of others.
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