NRI Sikh Preet Kaur Gill made British history-
first ever female Sikh MP promoted to Shadow Minister
Gill says her father is the main source of inspiration.
London, Jan. 13, 2018
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On June 08, 2017, Preet Kaur Gill, 44, won MP seat in Birmingham Edgbaston, UK for Labour Party with 24,124 votes – nearly 7,000 more than her nearest competitor, Conservative Caroline Squire. She was the first female British Sikh MP.
On 12 January 2018, she was appointed to the shadow cabinet as International Development Minister. The Shadow Cabinet is the team of senior spokespeople chosen by the Leader of the Opposition to mirror the Cabinet in Government. Each member of the shadow cabinet is appointed to lead on a specific policy area for their party and to question and challenge their counterpart in the Cabinet.
- Preet Kaur has pledged to make the NHS (National Health Service), education, jobs, policing and funding for local infrastructure and services her priorities.
- In 2012, she was elected as a councilor for Sandwellropolitan Borough Council and was re-elected in the 2016 local election. On the council she has served as the Cabinet Member for Public Health and Protection
As of April 2017, she was a member of the Jo Cox Women In Leadership training programme, set up by Labour in honour of the Batley and Spen MP who was murdered last year, and reaction to her selection has so far been positive.
- She said her passion for politics was inspired by her late father and his close friend Lord King, who became the first Sikh peer in the UK.
- “I am delighted I have been given the opportunity to become the next MP for Edgbaston where I was born and raised,” she added.
- “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 graduated from UEL (University of East London) with a first-class degree in sociology and social work.
- Post graduation she chose to travel and consequently lived in a Kibbutz in Israel and worked with street children in Delhi.
- She went to Lordswood Girls' School and Bournville College.
- At college she was elected student president.
Preet Kaur Gill was born in Edgbaston, Birmingham, to Daljeet Singh Shergill and Kuldeep Kaur Shergill.
Her father was president of the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick and credits goes her father as Lord King (first Sikh life peer in the House of Lords) as her main inspiration for her later ambition to enter politics. Her mother worked as a seamstress. Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick is the largest Gurdwara in Europe, three storeys high building with area of about 70,000 square metres
She is married to Sureash Chopra and they have two daughters.
Being the eldest daughter of six children there was a cultural and familial expectation for her and she says that her father is her main source of inspiration.
When I lost my father three years ago, it was his dream for me to become a Member of Parliament, and I knew then that this was something I really wanted to do…...........Preet Gill MP for Edgbaston
Her Father Daljit Singh Shergill:
|Daljit Singh Shergill
||August 1944 – 6 October 2014), known as Shergill Sahib, Great work by Daljit Singh Shergill left a Legacy Behind
- August 1944 – 6 October 2014), known as Shergill Sahib, Great work by Daljit Singh Shergill left a Legacy Behind
- Sikh Leader in UK. Build largest Gurdwara in Europe
- Daljit Singh Shergill, stands 6feet and 4inch tall, Fearless, powerful, outspoken yet humble, always charming but daunt when needed
- Outstanding pioneer in many fields and dedicated much of his life to selfless service to the NRI community. He serve consistently a term of 20 years at Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick
As a Sikh Leader in UK, Daljit Singh Shergill was also the longest leading President of the 1st Gurdwara in the UK.He become president of the Smethwick Gurdwara in 1984,Chairman of the council of Sandwell Sikh Gurdwara’s in UK, Chairman of the national Sikh Gurdwaras, Chairman of the SYCC (Smethwick Youth Community Centre) and President of the Sikh Welfare association in the UK.Daljit Singh Shergill was the President of Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick and was one of the main organisers in the UK for Sikh events.
Mr Shergill had dedicated much of his life to selfless service of the Sikh community. Speaking to a BBC interviewer, he is quoted to have said, “We didn’t just build a landmark Gurdwara Sahib, but a community for our next generation to come to.”he was the loveliest and most friendliest person I meet.
Daljit Singh Shergill arrived in the West Midlands in 1961, to meet his younger brother and father who had fought in World War II. He was an active custodian and was part of a union fighting injustices in the workplace. He was a formidable sportsman and played tug of war professionally as a team captain.He became baptised into Sikhism in 1979
IShergill Sahib as President of Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick raised £1.4 million in 1990. Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick was completed in 2002 and it is the largest Gurdwara in Europe, three storeys high building with area of about 70,000 square metres
Daljit Singh Shergill worked tirelessly to educate, uplift and enlighten everyone in the NRI community. His basic message was “Freedom is your birth-right, take Amrit and be free from kaljug. He financially supported local and worldwide to chaatities such as Tsunami and Romania.He became Sandwell Sports Personality of the Year aand started the first Sikh Games under the banner of Shaheedi Tournaments
Being a member of Labour Party, he was very close ties with politicians such as Adrian Bailey, Tom Watson, John Spellar, Darren Copper, Lord Kang and Councillor Hussain. Along with he started a Sikh school in Smethwick was one of his dream.