Labour’s Preet Gill secured 24,124 votes to win the seat in Birmingham Edgbaston with a majority of 6,917, becoming the first Sikh MP elected to the House of Commons. The seat had previously been held by Labour’s Gisela Stuart who stepped down when the election was called. Ms Gill, who said education cuts was one of her top priorities, added “it’s a real honour to be representing the people and the place where I was born and raised. We’ve had a really strong campaign, a really good team of people here in Edgbaston and it’s just been phenomenal.”
She actively campaigns on local and national matters, particularly human rights issues, stating “I’m really excited to learn more and really connect with communities.
About Preet Gill
Preet Kaur Gill is Labour Party’s MP for Birmingham, Edgbaston which includes Bartley Green, Harborne and Quinton. She was formerly a Councillor representing the St Paul’s Ward, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough, after being elected for the Labour Party on 3rd December 2012. She was also a Cabinet Member at Sandwell Council with a portfolio of Public Health and Protection and a Mental Health Champion for the council.
Her appointments to public bodies include the Midland Joint Advisory Council for Clean Air and Noise Control; Midland Joint Advisory Council for Environmental Protection; West Midlands Combined Authority Board and West Midlands Police and Crime Panel. In addition to her Council duties, Preet is a Director of Spring Social Housing Board whose ethos is to go back to the original ethos of the housing association movement and work with those most in housing need.
Preet holds a First class Honour’s degree in Sociology and Social work from the University of East London and has worked in India undertaking research on street children working with UNICEF and other non-governmental organisations.