The U.K. Has Elected Its First Sikh Woman MP

Preet Gill is the new Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston.

June 09, 2017

In another piece of good news from the shock results of last night's general election, the U.K. has elected its first Sikh woman as a Member of Parliament. In the East Midlands seat of Birmingham Edgbaston, Preet Gill received almost 7,000 more votes than her Tory competitor, increasing the Labour majority in her constituency by 10%.

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In Slough, Labour candidate Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi also won a seat, becoming the first turban-wearing Sikh in Parliament. Dhesi gained double the votes of his Tory opponent.

Overall, this election has seen a record-breaking number of women elected as MPs. Parliament will now have 200 women — four more than were elected in 2015.

The U.K. Has Elected Its First Sikh Woman MP