Preet Kaur Gill
|Shadow Minister for International Development|
|Assumed office |
12 January 2018
|Shadow Sec.||Kate Osamor|
Dan Carden (Acting)
|Preceded by||Roberta Blackman-Woods|
|Member of Parliament |
for Birmingham Edgbaston
|Assumed office |
8 June 2017
|Preceded by||Gisela Stuart|
|Home Affairs Select Committee Member|
11 September 2017 – 5 February 2018
|Succeeded by||John Woodcock|
|Born||21 November 1972|
|Political party||Labour Co-operative|
Sureash Singh Chopra (m. 2009)
|Alma mater||University of East London|
Preet Kaur Gill (born 21 November 1972) is a British Labour Co-operative politician serving as Member of Parliament (MP) for Birmingham Edgbaston since 2017. She is the first female British Sikh MP.
Preet Kaur Gill was born on 21 November 1972 in Edgbaston, Birmingham, to Daljit Singh Shergill and Kuldeep Kaur Shergill. Her father was a foreman and later a bus driver and her mother worked as a seamstress. Daljit Singh was the longest serving president of the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick. Gill credits her father and Baron Tarsem King of West Browich as her main inspiration for her ambition to enter politics.
She has six younger siblings. Her early education was at Lordswood Girls' School and Bournville College. At the latter Gill was elected as student president. Gill graduated from the University of East London with a first class BSc. degree in Sociology and Social Work. After graduating, she worked as a social worker in a kibbutz in Israel and with street children in India. She was elected as a councillor for Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council in 2012 and was re-elected in the 2016 local election. On the council she has served as the Cabinet Member for Public Health and Protection. Gill supported remaining within the European Union (EU) in the 2016 EU membership referendum.
Gill was selected by the Labour Party to contest the Birmingham Edgbaston seat on 28 April 2017. Her selection followed the constituency's previous Labour MP Gisela Stuart decision not to seek re-election. Stuart had represented Birmingham Edgbaston since 1997. In the 2017 general election, Gill stood as the Labour and Co-operative candidate and was elected as MP with 24,124 (55.3%) votes and a majority of 6,917 (15.8%). She is the first female British Sikh MP. In July, she was elected as a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee. Gill is the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Mentoring and for British Sikhs. On 12 January 2018, she was appointed to the shadow cabinet as International Development Minister (role shared with Dan Carden).
Preet has been married to Sureash Singh Chopra since 2009 and they have two daughters. He works as a social worker. In addition to her parliamentary duties, Preet Gill is Vice-President of the Local Government Association and is a non executive director for the Spring Housing Association.
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- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 2010–present
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Birmingham Edgbaston