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UK election: Preet Gill first female Sikh MP, Tanmanjeet Singh first turbaned lawmaker

Both the Sikh candidates, Gill and Dhesi ? are from Jeremy Corbyn?s Labour Party. Photograph: (Facebook)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 09, 2017, 10.14 AM (IST)

The UK's general election has seen the rise of that country's first ever female Sikh MP--Preet Gill has claimed a large victory in the peripheral seat of Birmingham Edgbaston.
 
Indian-origin Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi has become the first Turban wearing to be elected to the British Parliament’s House of Commons in the UK General Elections. 
 
Both the Sikh candidates, Gill and Dhesi – are from Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.
 
Gill won a total of 24,124 votes, nearly 7,000 more votes than the Conservatives' Caroline Squire, while Singh won the seat by polling 34,170 votes and defeated Conservative Party candidate by nearly 17,000 votes.
 
Ms Gill, who has been a Labour councillor in Sandwell, said after being selected: "I am delighted I have been given the opportunity to become 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."
 
Bhai Amrik Singh, chair of the Sikh Federation, was quoted by the BBC as saying: "We are delighted to have the first Sikh woman MP in Preet Kaur Gill in Birmingham, Edgbaston.

"She will be a fantastic MP, a credit to the Sikh community and an excellent role model."

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