Hugo Swire, the Minister of State responsible for India, and Virendra Sharma, Chair of the Indian All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), hosted members of the British Indian Diaspora to celebrate their contribution to the UK.
The event held on 20th November 2013, included leading figures of the British Indian community. It was an opportunity to reinforce Prime Minister David Cameron’s message when he recently visited India, of wanting a stronger, deeper partnership with India.
The event showed the UK’s desire for stronger links with the Diaspora and gave a platform for future engagement.
“I am delighted to host representatives of the British Indian Diaspora, a group that contributes so much to the positive relationship between India and the UK,” Mr Swire said. “They represent the cornerstone of the relationship between our two countries, with the links, knowledge, and understanding to help them grow. We want them to know that we support the excellent work being done by the community to engage in new partnerships and will continue to work with them in pursuing this.”
Also in attendance was the recently-appointed UK Indian Diaspora Champion, Priti Patel MP, who in her speech reiterated the importance of the role the Diaspora plays in making the UK-India relationship both successful and enduring.