Vara marks the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in House of Commons

2nd October 2019
Shailesh Vara marks the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and recognises that Gandhi’s message of non-violence, religious tolerance and greater rights for women is as applicable today as it was in his lifetime.
 
Shailesh Vara MP speaking in the House of Commons, October 2019
 

May I join in the tributes paid earlier to the right hon. Member for Hackney North and Stoke Newington (Ms Abbott) for her historic achievement today?

Today marks the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Does my right hon. Friend agree with me that Gandhi’s message of non-violence, religious tolerance and greater rights for women is as applicable today as it was in his lifetime?

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. I would go one further and tout the words of Martin Luther King, who said that we—I think on all sides of the House—should believe in a society where you are judged on the content of your character, not the colour of your skin, let alone your gender. That is why we on this side of the House are proud of our record of record levels of BAME communities in employment and children from BAME communities taking more rigorous GCSEs. We have the first Asian Chancellor, the first female Asian Home Secretary and I am proud to be in the most diverse Cabinet in history.

Hansard

Video

Dissolution of Parliament

I am not currently a Member of Parliament as Parliament has been dissolved until after the General Election on 12th December 2019. This website will not be updated during the election campaign and is for reference of my work when I was a Member of Parliament.

To contact me during the campaign please email me on 
shailesh@shaileshvara.com 
or visit 
nwcambsconservatives.org.uk

View North West Cambridgeshire in a larger map