Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi

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Tan Dhesi

Official portrait of Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi crop 2.jpg
Official Parliamentary portrait, June 2017
Member of Parliament
for Slough
Assumed office
8 June 2017
Preceded byFiona Mactaggart
Majority16,998 (31.3%)
Personal details
Born (1978-08-17) 17 August 1978 (age 40)[1]
Slough, Berkshire, England
Political partyLabour

Tanmanjeet Singh "Tan" Dhesi MP (born 17 August 1978) is a British Labour Party politician.[2][3] He was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Slough in 2017.[4]

Early life[edit]

Dhesi was born in Slough, and spent his early years in Chalvey.[5][6]

He is the son of Jaspal Singh Dhesi, who runs a construction company in the UK, and who is the former president of Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara, in Gravesend, the largest Gurdwara in the UK.[2]

Dhesi has a bachelor's degree in mathematics with management studies from University College London, studied applied statistics at Keble College, Oxford, and has a Master of Philosophy in the history and politics of South Asia from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.[2]

In 2012, his mother, Dalwinder Kaur Dhesi, was jailed in India, for kidnap and forcing an abortion on a teenage mother, who later died.[7][8] The conviction was criticised by many commentators for being politically motivated, and an appeal was filed by Dalwinder in the immediate aftermath of the decision. In 2018, a double bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court upheld this appeal. All charges against her were subsequently dropped.[9]


Dhesi is the former mayor of Gravesham and the chair of Gravesham Constituency Labour Party in Kent where he stood unsuccessfully at the 2015 general election.[10][11]

He became Britain's first turbaned Sikh MP in the 2017 general election and gave his maiden speech in the House of Commons on 18 July 2017.[12][13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Members' Names Data Platform query". UK Parliament. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Dhesi is Labour candidate from Slough | Chandigarh News – Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 30 April 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  3. ^ Nic Brunetti (29 April 2017). "Slough born Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi pays tribute to home town he 'loves so much' as he is chosen as Labour candidate to replace Fiona Mactaggart MP (From Slough Observer)". Sloughobserver.co.uk. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  4. ^ "How Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi Became UK's First Turbaned Member Of Parliament". Huffington Post India. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Drugs Policy - Hansard". hansard.parliament.uk. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Tan Dhesi MP". Labour South East. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Mayor of Gravesham embroiled in mother's jailing for kidnap". Kentonline.co.uk. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  8. ^ "UK polls: Harpreet Kaur case convict's son in fray | chandigarh". Hindustan Times. 22 April 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  9. ^ "yespunjab". Yespunjab. 4/12/18. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  10. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  11. ^ "GRAVESHAM 2015". electionresults.blogspot.co.uk.
  12. ^ Basu, Indrani (9 June 2017). "How Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi Became UK's First Turbaned Sikh Member Of Parliament". Huffington Post India. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  13. ^ Matthews, Luke (18 July 2017). "Slough MP Tan Dhesi praised for maiden speech in parliament". sloughexpress.co.uk.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Fiona Mactaggart
Member of Parliament for Slough