The Labour Friends of India relaunched

The Labour Friends of India was set up in 1999.

The Labour Friends of India, an India-focussed lobby within the Labour Party was on Wednesday (16) relaunched with an aim to highlight the issues and concerns of the concerns of the 1.5 million-strong Indian community in the UK.

The Labour Friends of India, originally set up in 1999, was relaunched at an event attended by the Indian high commissioner, Ruchi Ghanshyam, at the party headquarters in London.

The group is headed by co-chairmen Rajesh Agarwal, deputy mayor of London, and Darren Jones, Labour MP for Bristol North-West.

“Labour Friends of India will give a powerful voice to the 1.5 million strong British-Indian community, as well as promoting understanding of India’s position as a major international power and fast-growing economy,” said Agarwal, reported the Hindustan Times. 

“A strong international partnership between the UK and India will continue to endure with the relaunch of the group, as we mark 20 years since its launch in 1999. Our ties with India are historic and strong, from supporting India’s right to Independence to challenging the immigration policies for people from the subcontinent”.

Jones said that with an election possible at any time, the group will “redouble our work to listen to and engage the community. That will involve everyone from our leadership and front bench, mayors and council leaders, councillors and activists.”

“The Labour Party’s relationship with India and the significant Indian diaspora in the UK has a proud history, and as we prepare to return to government, we are determined to strengthen our ties for the future,” he said.

 

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Eyeing return to power, Britain’s Labour Party relaunches India group

(L-R) Rajesh Agarwal, deputy mayor of London; John McDonnell, shadow chancellor; Ruchi Ghanshyam, Indian high commissioner; and Barry Gardiner, shadow international trade secretary, at the relaunch event of Labour Friends of India in London on Wednesday.

Set up in 1999, the Labour Friends of India was relaunched at an event attended by the Indian high commissioner, Ruchi Ghanshyam, and members of the shadow cabinet such as John McDonnell and Barry Gardiner, councillors and functionaries at the party headquarters in London.

Hoping to return to power at the next election, an India-focussed lobby within Britain’s Labour Party on Wednesday recalled strong and historic ties with the country and said it would highlight the issues and concerns of the 1.5 million-strong Indian community in the UK. 

Set up in 1999, the Labour Friends of India was relaunched at an event attended by the Indian high commissioner, Ruchi Ghanshyam, and members of the shadow cabinet such as John McDonnell and Barry Gardiner, councillors and functionaries at the party headquarters in London.

The group is headed by co-chairmen Rajesh Agarwal, deputy mayor of London, and Darren Jones, Labour MP for Bristol North-West.

Agrawal said: “Labour Friends of India will give a powerful voice to the 1.5 million strong British-Indian community, as well as promoting understanding of India’s position as a major international power and fast-growing economy”.

“A strong international partnership between the UK and India will continue to endure with the relaunch of the group, as we mark 20 years since its launch in 1999. Our ties with India are historic and strong, from supporting India’s right to Independence, to challenging the immigration policies for people from the subcontinent”.

Jones added: “With an election possible at any time, we will redouble our work to listen to and engage the community. That will involve everyone from our leadership and front bench, mayors and council leaders, councillors and activists.”

“The Labour Party’s relationship with India, and the significant Indian diaspora in the UK has a proud history, and as we prepare to return to government, we are determined to strengthen our ties for the future.”

The group’s focus would be to broaden and deepen understanding of the issues of concern to the Indian diaspora, including businesses, students, community leaders and voluntary sector activists.

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Labour Friends of India relaunched to strengthen UK-India ties

Deputy Mayor Rajesh Agrawal, Shadow Chancellor John Mcdonnell, HE Ruchi Ghanashyam, High Commissioner of India to UK and Barry Gardiner MP

Darren Jones MP, co-chair Labour Friends of India

The Labour Friends of India held a successful relaunch at an event hosted at the party headquarter in London on Wednesday evening last week.

The event, attended by MPs, Shadow Cabinet Members, councillors and party activists was addressed by the co-chairs: Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor of London, and Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West. In one of her first public engagements, the new High Commissioner for India, HE Ruchi Ghanashyam also addressed the reception. Other speakers included John McDonnell MP, Shadow Chancellor, and Barry Gardiner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade. 

Speaking at the event, Deputy Mayor of London, Rajesh Agrawal said “Labour Friends of India will give a powerful voice to the 1.5m strong British-Indian community, as well as promoting understanding of India’s position as a major international power and fast-growing economy. A strong international partnership between the UK and India will continue to endure with the relaunch of the group, as we mark twenty years since it was initially launched in 1999.” 

He further said,“Our ties with India are historic and strong, from supporting India’s right to Independence, to challenging the Government’s immigration policies for people from the Subcontinent. With the relaunch of the Labour Friends of India, we will enhance our efforts to build partnership between India and the UK.” 

Darren Jones MP said, “With an election possible at any time, we will redouble our work to listen to and engage the community. That will involve everyone from our leadership and front bench, mayors and council leaders, councillors and activists.” 

“We can only broaden and deepen our understanding of the issues of concern to the Indian diaspora if we listen to the challenges and concerns facing people, businesses, students, entrenches, community leaders and voluntary sector activists. The Labour Party’s relationship with India, and the significant Indian diaspora in the UK has a proud history, and as we prepare to return to government, we are determined to strengthen our ties for the future,” he added.

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