Conservative party supporters from across three political groups have come together to celebrate the appointment earlier this year of Sajid Javid as the UK’s first British Asian home secretary.
The Conservative Friends of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh joined for the first time to organise a celebration dinner at London’s Sheraton Grand Hotel. More than 350 guests attended last Thursday’s event.
During his speech, the Home Secretary paid tribute to Britain’s Asian communities and their success, and how they owed this to their parents and grandparents who through sheer hard work and sacrifice built a better life for their children. Mr Javid likened this to “standing on the shoulders of giants”. He attributed all of his success to his parents and stressed how Conservative values were the natural values for the Asian community.
Dr Rami Ranger CBE, co-chairman of the Conservative Friends of India, said the evening was aimed at not only celebrating Asian success, but also diversity in Great Britain.
He said: “Diversity in the UK is accepted, respected and protected by law and that the Conservative Party is the party of natural choice for Asians as they share similar values such as family support, hard work and enterprise.”
Other attendees included Brandon Lewis MP, chairman of the Conservative Party; Sir Mick Davis, chief executive of the party; Lord Howard Leigh; Lord Diljit Rana; Helen Grant MP, vice-chair of the Conservative Party and Richard Harrington MP, Minister at the Department of Business.
Main image (L-R): Dr Rami Ranger CBE, co-chairman of the Conservative Friends of India; Zameer Choudrey CBE, chairman of the Conservative Friends of Pakistan; Home Secretary Sajid Javid; Bajloor Rashid MBE, vice-chairman of the Conservative Friends of Bangladesh.