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Sikh Federation welcomes General Election

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Bhai Amrik Singh, the Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK) says it’s time Britain addressed the lack of Sikh representatives in the House of Commons

Bhai Amrik Singh, the Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK) says it’s time Britain addressed the lack of Sikh representatives in the House of Commons

Reacting to the announcement that a General Election on 8th June will be confirmed tomorrow in Parliament Bhai Amrik Singh, the Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK) said: “An early General Election gives political parties and the Sikh community an opportunity to address the complete lack of Sikh representation in the House of Commons.”

“If the opinion polls prove to be accurate Labour is likely to lose many seats and the main beneficiaries will be the Conservatives.  

“Some sitting MPs will no doubt be announcing in the next 24-48 hours they are retiring or not standing again where Sikh candidates could be a real possibility.”

“We are confident this is an opportunity for the two main political parties to each have two or three Sikh candidates in winnable seats giving us the possibility of four or five Sikh MPs within the next eight weeks.”

“We also think we could see the first Sikh woman MP and each of the parties could for the first time also have visible Sikhs in turbans becoming MPs. This should be seen as an opportunity for Sikhs to be at the heart of political decision-making in one of the most important times in recent British history.”

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Hopkins backs PM’s call for General Election

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Keighley and Ilkley MP Kris Hopkins has warmly welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s call for the House of Commons to vote for a General Election on Thursday 8 June.

Speaking from Westminster, Mr Hopkins said: “I believe it is right for a General Election to take place before the Brexit negotiations get fully underway.

“I campaigned vigorously for a Remain vote but, as a democrat, I fully accept the clearly expressed will of the people.

“It is important that we now pull together as a nation and seek to obtain the best possible deal for the United Kingdom as we prepare to leave the European Union.

“That is why it is right that the people get a further say on what Brexit should look like.

“As someone who has been proud to represent my home seat of Keighley and Ilkley in Parliament since 2010, I am proud to be putting my name forward for re-election.

“I will be asking local residents to support me on my record of achievement for them and my commitment to helping the Conservative Government to secure a Brexit deal that will be in the best interests of Keighley and Ilkley.”     

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