London, July 18: The first Indian-origin Sikh woman MP in Britain, Preet Kaur Gill, has been chosen as a member of an influential parliamentary select committee which closely examines the work of the home office.
The cross-party home affairs committee comprises of 11 members, which scrutinises the spending, policy and administration of the ministerial department.
Gill won the Edgbaston seat as a Labour Party candidate in the UK elections 2017, defeating ruling Conservative party’s Caroline Squire by 6,917 votes.
“I find the subject matter in what they scrutinise really interesting and wide-ranging. I am particularly interested in child sex exploitation,” Gill said.
“There has been a big increase in hate crime in the UK often targeted at Sikhs who wear turbans and have beards. The government’s hate crime action plan has been focused on the Abrahamic faith and has ignored Sikhs. I want to make sure the Government is doing enough to address this,” Gill added, TOI quoted.