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History made, Britain gets its first female Sikh MP

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History made, Britain gets its first female Sikh MP
Source: Wall Street Journal

On Friday, Britain elected its first female Sikh MP as a result of the June 8 mid-term elections.

Preet Kaur Gill of the Labour Party won the Edgbaston seat against ruling Conservative party’s Caroline Squire.

She will be the first Sikh woman in the UK House of Commons, who is a councillor from Sandwell.

Gill was born and brought up in Edgbaston. She was selected to replace Stuart by the Labour National Executive Committee’s (NEC) interview panel on April 28.

“I am delighted I have 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,” she had said earlier.

Gill has served as a board member of the Sikh Network, which she believes has provided her with a unique platform and opportunity in the last two years to raise her political profile.

The United Kingdom went to polls on June 8 after Prime Minister Theresa May called snap elections seven weeks ago, to increase the slim majority she had inherited from predecessor David Cameron.

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