With the kind permission of the Speaker, the Rt. Hon. Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP, last Monday I hosted a parliamentary reception at Speaker’s House at the Palace of Westminster.
As Chair of the APPG for British Sikhs, it was my enormous honour to host this event which welcomed parliamentarians, prestigious guests and leaders of the Sikh community. This historic cross-party reception was to reflect on Anglo-Sikh history and explore issues
connected to British Sikhs today.
Speakers at the event included: Tom Tugendhat MP, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee; Kate Green MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education; Joy Morrissey MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office; Martin Docherty-Hughes MP and Pat McFadden MP.
It was my privilege to join with colleagues to recognise the enormous contribution of Sikhs to Great Britain, as well as the sacrifice and hardship Sikhs have faced over the decades.
Sikh history is British history. To move forward it is important to acknowledge and understand the historic injustices and
challenges Sikhs have faced while building on the great successes in Anglo-Sikh history over the past 200 years. That starts with open engagement and an honest reckoning with our country’s past.
Across the globe, Governments should appreciate the enormous contribution Sikhs make to the world, working in collaboration with them to realise their ethos for the betterment of all.