Prominent businessman Rami Ranger has been appointed co-chairman of the Conservative Friends of India (CF India), alongside Tory MP Zac Goldsmith.
The organisation is affiliated to the Conservatives and works to build stronger links between the party, the British Indian community and India.
Rami Ranger said he was “deeply honoured” to have been appointed to the position.
“As Co-Chairman of the Conservative Friends of India, I will work to further enhance the involvement of the British Indian community in the political life of our great country which will bring about a positive change to the UK through their participation within the Conservative Party and political service in UK,” he said.
“I am putting together a new team at CF India which will help me with the required support network to truly allow CF India to capitalise and maximise on the significant and exciting opportunities we have at hand both in the UK and with greater trade and cultural ties with India as the UK’s key Commonwealth partner.
“The relationship between the Conservative Party, and the India diaspora, is the closest it has ever been. I look forward to working with CF India to ensure the Party continues to build on the strong ties with British Indian communities.”
Prime Minister Theresa May said she believed CF India would go from strength-to-strength under Ranger and Goldsmith’s leadership.
She added: “The UK would not be the vibrant country that it is today without the enormous contribution of successive generations of British Indians. Conservative Friends of India plays an important role in strengthening the links between our Party and the British Indian community, and in supporting the flourishing friendship between the UK and India.”
The appointments were also welcomed by the Indian High Commissioner, His Excellency YK Sinha, who said he looked forward to working closely with CF India to further UK India relations.