Junior shadow role for UK’s first Sikh woman MP

London, Jan 13: Preet Kaur Gill, who was the first Sikh woman elected to the House of Commons in the June 2017 election, has been appointed a junior minister for international development in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s team, reflecting a rapid rise in her political career.
Gill, 45, will shadow the work of international development secretary Penny Mordaunt, who replaced Priti Patel when the latter resigned in November following a row over her ministerial overreach during a holiday in Israel. The opposition Labour’s team for the department of international development now comprises shadow secretary Kate Osamor and junior shadow ministers Gill and Dan Carden. Their task is to closely monitor and hold the work of the department to account. A delighted Gill tweeted after the appointment: “Honoured to join @UKLabour’s front bench team. I will keep fighting for my constituents in Birmingham Edgbaston as a MP, I look forward to working with @DfID colleagues on international development to challenge global poverty and injustice.” The eldest daughter amongst the seven children of the late Daljeet Singh Shergill and Kuldeep Kaur Shergill, Gill rose from a humble background to the front ranks of British politics. She is a graduate from the University of East London and often volunteers in gurdwaras. Corbyn said: “I am pleased to make these appointments to strengthen Labour’s frontbench team, which is now a government in waiting. (Agencies)