Preet Kaur Gill
Smethwick raised Preet Kaur Gill has been the Labour Party’s Member of Parliament for Edgbaston since being elected in June this year, making her the first female British Sikh MP.
She officially started public life as a Councillor for the St Paul’s Ward in Sandwell after being elected for the Labour Party in 2012 and has been a Cabinet Member at Sandwell Council making recommendations on the Council’s overall policy direction.
Her passion for political life was inspired by her father who worked tirelessly for the local community and by his close friend Lord King who became the first Sikh peer in the UK. Lord King encouraged Preet to “make a difference” and to get the new generation to take on the mantle of serving their local community for a better Britain.
This spurred Preet to become a campaigner for better Sikh BAME and female representation and she speaks regularly on the subject at events and to the press. She also works closely with the Sikh Network which has been instrumental in devising the Sikh Manifesto which sets out key recommendations for the Sikh community within the mainstream political context.