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In Conversation with Parmjit Dhanda
Mon 27 March 2017, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
Join us on March 27th for a Conversation with Parmjit Dhanda
Parmjit Dhanda was the Member of Parliament for Gloucester from 2001 - 2010, he became the first Sikh to become a UK Government minister under Tony Blair.
Parmjit became Labour’s candidate for Gloucester despite huge barriers – the local newspaper questioned whether the “voters of Gloucestershire have yet to reach the advanced state of consciousness that makes a ‘foreigner’, in their eyes, acceptable as their MP”, and even in his own party, some suggested that someone like him would be better suited to Ealing Southall or a seat in Birmingham, rather than a cathedral city. His victory in 2001, however, showed not only that the voters of Gloucester were more enlightened than their local paper gave them credit for, but also that under Blair the Labour party was blazing a trail for social progress.
We recommend reading Parmjit's book "The Political Race".
This event, chaired by London Young Labour’s BAME Officer Abdi Duale, will focus on Parmjit's background and how he overcame the barriers he faced as a young BAME candidate, as well as the extensive work he did as a Member of Parliament.
We hope you can join us what is set to be an exciting event.
Location: Palace of Westminster, Committee Room 21.
Directions: Please use the Cornwell Green Entrance.
Once through security, you will be directed to the Committee Room 21
Please note that there are no parking facilities for guests on the estate and we advise you allow an additional 15 mins to pass through security.