February 4, 2015 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
London: A ‘get west London’ reports says: [f]or the first time ever the British Sikh community have launched a campaign targeting 50 seats, including three in west London for the 2015 general election.
Hundreds of people from Gurdwaras and UK Sikh organisations attended a campaign launch in support of a 10-point manifesto at the Sri Guru Singh Sabha in Southall, on Saturday (Jan 31).
The Sikh Federation (UK) has marked marginal seats in Feltham, Heston, Brentford and Isleworth, in Hounslow, as well as Ealing and Southall, in Ealing, where significant proportions of the voting population are Sikh.
Bhai Amrik Singh, Sikh Federation (UK) chairman, said: “Our manifesto topics are of such importance to the British Sikh community that the response of parties and candidates to them will determine how many in the community vote.
Also read: The Sikh Manifesto 2015-2020
“We are making the most of our voting clout through targeting seats and publishing a manifesto for the first time.
“We are looking for firm commitments from each political party on the big issues.
“For the purposes of supporting the Sikh Manifesto we have drawn a line at the 50 target seats.
“There are however other marginal seats, such as Nuneaton and Manchester, Withington, where the local Sikh vote although relatively small will matter.
“In addition, there also numerous safe seats, such as Birmingham, Selly Oak; Ealing Central & Acton; Huddersfield; Leicester South; Ealing North; Birmingham, Ladywood; East Ham and Barking that each have thousands of Sikh voters who cannot be ignored.”
The manifesto was developed during a three-day National Sikh Convention in Wolverhampton in September last year.
The 10-point manifesto:
UK’s Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said: “I warmly welcome the Sikh Federation’s ambition to encourage the British Sikh community to engage with politics at all levels and I congratulate the federation for all the hard work it has already done to increase the awareness and importance of social and political activism within the British Sikh community.”
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