First turban-wearing Sikh elected to House of Commons



Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi became the first turban-wearing Sikh to be elected to the British parliament’s House of Commons, results from the mid-term general elections showed on Friday. Dhesi won from the Slough constituency.

Dhesi hails from Jalandhar in Punjab, India, where he did his primary schooling. He later went on to study three of UK’s top universities–Oxford, Cambridge, and University College of London. And in May 2011, he became Europe’s youngest Sikh mayor when he was unanimously elected as Mayor of Gravesham.

In the UK General Elections 2017, there was a total of 50 Indian-origin candidates. While many of them lost, the 12 India-born Candidates have set a record for Indian-origin MPs in the House of Commons.

“Slough is where it all began for me,” Dhesi said in a speech after the win, “a town where I was born and raised.” He said it was a historic moment for Slough, and he was “humbled and honoured” to be elected MP of the town many years later. “It is an honour beyond belief,” he said.

Dhesi, known as “Tan”, thanked his father on Friday. “He has been an inspirational figure in my life,” he said, “because of his strong work ethic and grit and determination and the service to the community with humility and grace.” He also thanked his wife, and his younger brother for their support during the campaign. He was also backed bythe Sikh Federation in UK during his campaign this election.