Britain has elected its first female Sikh MP.
Preet Kaur Gill, 44, won the constituency of Birmingham Edgbaston – home to a large Sikh community – for the Labour Party with more than 53 percent of the vote.
The constituency is a Labour safe seat but had been targeted by the Conservatives as Theresa May looked to enhance her majority in parliament which did not happen on an extraordinary night of high drama.
“It’s a real honour to be representing the people and the place where I was born and raised”, Ms Gill said.
Ms Gill, a former counsellor, increased the previous majority of 2706 to just under 7000.
The chair of the Sikh Federation Bhai Amrik Singh said “We are delighted to have the first Sikh woman MP in Preet Kaur Gill in Birmingham, Edgbaston.”
“She will be a fantastic MP, a credit to the Sikh community and an excellent role model.
“Credit to the Labour Party leadership for taking the bold step of giving Sikhs the opportunity to fight for winnable seats.”