UK elects first female Sikh MP

Tanmanjeet Singh becomes first turban wearing candidate

UK Elections 2017: Britain gets first female Sikh, first turbaned MPs

Britain elected its first female Sikh MP, results of the June 8 mid-term elections showed on Friday.

Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, known as Tan, won his Slough seat decisively polling 34,170 votes, to become Labour's first turban-wearing MP. The other 10 Indian-origin members of the UK Parliament - five each from Labour Party and Conservative party - have managed to retain their seats.

Labour Party candidate Preet Kaur Gill.

Gill, who is a Labour party candidate claimed an emphatic victory, taking 24,124 votes, a majority of nearly 7,000 ahead of the Conservatives' Caroline Squire, up 10 percent from 2015.

Bhai Amrik Singh, Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK) said: "We are delighted to have the first Sikh woman MP in Preet Kaur Gill in Birmingham, Edgbaston".

"The British electorate have made important decisions and it's now my job to go to Westminster as part of a Labour team for the many, not the few, so thank you".

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Ms Gill was followed by Conservative Caroline Squire with 17,207 votes.

Gill won Birmingham Edbaston seat by 24,124 votes and Dhesi won a huge majority of 16,998.

For the Labour party, the longest serving Indian-origin MP Keith Vaz held on to his Leicester East seat attracting 35,116 votes and his sister Valerie Vaz also won a solid 25,286 votes to hold on to her Walsall South seat.

"I want to engage with the people of Edgbaston and with hard work, passion and determination I think we can achieve great things together".

Speaking to the media after winning her own parliamentary seat of Maidenhead in southeast England, May said, "At this time, more than anything else this country needs a period of stability".

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