First ever female Sikh MP Preet Kaur Gill graduated at the University of East London in Stratford

PUBLISHED: 16:15 09 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:15 09 June 2017

Preet Gill is a former student at UEL. Picture: UEL

Preet Gill is a former student at UEL. Picture: UEL


A graduate from the University of East London has become the first ever female Sikh MP.

Preet Kaur Gill won her seat in Birmingham Edgbaston for Labour with 24,124 votes – nearly 7,000 more than her nearest competitor, Conservative Caroline Squire.

The 44-year-old graduated from UEL with a first-class degree in sociology and social work.

UEL now has three alumnae who are MPs and all represent Labour - Kate Osamor for Edmonton and Dr Rupa Huq for Ealing Central and Acton.

Ms Gill has pledged to make the NHS, education, jobs, policing and funding for local infrastructure and services her priorities.

Her website proudly declares that she is “the daughter of a bus driver”.

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