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UK election 2017: Labour party’s Preet Gill becomes first woman Sikh MP

After being elected as the first Sikh women MP of UK, Gill said, “I am delighted I have been given the opportunity to become the next MP for Edgbaston where I was born and raised."


By   |  Updated On : June 09, 2017 12:38 PM
UK Labour MP Preet Gill

UK Labour MP Preet Gill

New Delhi :  

Indian-origin Preet Gill became the first Sikh women of the UK Parliament by winning the marginal seat of Birmingham Edgbaston.

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

After being elected as the first Sikh women MP of UK, Gill said, “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.”

The results of the general elections were a huge set-back for British Prime Minister Theresa May. May’s election gamble backfired on her as Conservative Party suffered a major blow in the snap elections and failed to maintain its majority in the parliament.

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The Conservatives, however, emerged as the single largest party in the election for Britain’s 650-seat parliament.

With results yet to be declared for four seats, Conservatives had won 315 and Labour secured 261. A party required 326 seats to win the election.

Though May won her Maidenhead seat in south-east England with 37,780 votes, she faced pressure to resign after losing her parliamentary majority.

First Published: Friday, June 09, 2017 12:24 PM


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