Emma welcomes Shields residents to Parliament for Bangladeshi Independence Day Reception

April 12, 2014

140410_LFB_Event_smallThis Tuesday Emma joined with Labour Friends of Bangladesh to host an event recognising the British Bangladeshi community at a reception in the Houses of Parliament.  The reception was held shortly after Bangladeshi Independence Day, the anniversary of the country becoming a sovereign nation.

The event included speeches from the Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander MP, Labour Friends of Bangladesh President Rushanara Ali MP and the Bangladeshi High Commissioner in Britain, His Excellency Mohamed Mijarul Quayes.

Labour’s Bangladeshi parliamentary candidates were in attendance, as were councillors from all over the country and a number of Labour MPs.  But Emma was particularly pleased to be able to invite a large group of visitors from South Shields.

Emma said:

“I was pleased to be able to welcome members of the Bangladeshi community from across the country to celebrate the ties between our two countries, and the fantastic contribution the Bangladeshi community makes to the UK.  I was thrilled that so many of my own constituents were able to make it – the Bangladeshi community has always  been very engaged in politics in South Shields and I am grateful to them for their support.

“Labour Friends of Bangladesh do a great job providing a voice for the Bangladeshi community in our party, and it was great to see so many of our brilliant candidates and councillors at the event.”

Emma is grateful to Labour Friends of Bangladesh’s Chair Howard Dawber and Secretary Motin Uz-zaman for their help in organising the event.  LFB made Emma an honorary patron of the group to thank her for hosting.

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