3 Punjab-origin leaders again made it to UK Parliament

Jalandhar, December 13

Three Punjab-origin leaders again on Friday made it again to the UK Parliament.

With their roots in Jalandhar, Tanmanjeet Dhesi, Varinder Sharma, Preet Gill, have been MPs earlier too.

Preet Kaur Gill, who had made history in the last election as the first British Sikh female MP, was re-elected from Birmingham Edgbaston with 21,217 votes. Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, the first turbaned Sikh MP, will also return to the Commons with an impressive 13,640 majority, having polled 29,421 votes from Slough in south-east England and beating Tory Indian-origin rival Kanwal Toor Gill.

Veteran MP Virendra Sharma, who had been under pressure by forces within his own party, had a comfortable win from Ealing Southall with 25,678 votes.

The far-right Brexit Party, which had fielded a number of Indian-origin candidates, failed to make a dent in the election, which marked the biggest win for the Conservatives since the 1980s.

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