Preet Kaur Gill (born 21 November 1972) is a British Labour Co-operative politician serving as Member of Parliament (MP) for Birmingham Edgbaston since 2017. She is the first female British Sikh MP.
Preet Kaur Gill
|Shadow Minister for International Development|
|Assumed office |
12 January 2018
|Shadow Sec.||Kate Osamor|
Dan Carden (Acting)
|Preceded by||Roberta Blackman-Woods|
|Member of Parliament |
for Birmingham Edgbaston
9 June 2017 – 6 November 2019
|Preceded by||Gisela Stuart|
|Succeeded by||Election in progress|
|Home Affairs Select Committee Member|
11 September 2017 – 5 February 2018
|Succeeded by||John Woodcock|
|Born||21 November 1972|
|Political party||Labour Co-operative|
Sureash Singh Chopra (m. 2009)
|Alma mater||University of East London|
Preet Kaur Gill was born on 21 November 1972 in Edgbaston, Birmingham, to Daljit Singh Shergill and Kuldeep Kaur Shergill. Her father was a foreman, and later a bus driver, and her mother worked as a seamstress. Daljit Singh was the longest serving president of the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick. Gill credits her father and Baron Tarsem King of West Browich as her main inspirations for her ambition to enter politics.
She has six younger siblings. Her early education was at Lordswood Girls' School and Bournville College. At the latter, Gill was elected as student president. Gill graduated from the University of East London with a first class BSc. degree in Sociology and Social Work. After graduating, she worked as a social worker in a kibbutz in Israel and with street children in India.
She was elected as a councillor for Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council in 2012 and re-elected in the 2016 local election. On the council, she has served as the Cabinet Member for Public Health and Protection.
Gill was selected by the Labour Party to contest Birmingham Edgbaston on 28 April 2017. Her selection followed Gisela Stuart's decision not to seek re-election. In the 2017 general election, Gill held the seat for Labour with 24,124 (55.3%) votes and a majority of 6,917 (15.8%). She is the first female British Sikh MP.
Preet has been married to Sureash Singh Chopra, who is a social worker, since 2009. They have two daughters. Gill is Vice-President of the Local Government Association and a non executive director for the Spring Housing Association.
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