We’re delighted to announce the next event in our famous Speaker Series, and to invite members to get involved, with discussion and a Q&A session.
Please join us on 23 February 2021 at 8pm (zoom waiting room opens 7.50pm) to meet with Labour MP Tan Dhesi, in an informal event chaired by our own James Wilder.
Register for the event here.
Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi was elected as the MP for Slough, winning in the 2017 General Election with a 17,000 majority and later re-elected in 2019, thereby becoming the first ever turbaned Sikh in any European Parliament. Born in Berkshire, having spent his formative years in Slough, Tan received most of his primary education in the Punjab, India, before returning to the UK when he was nine years old. He studied Mathematics with Management at University College London, MSc Applied Statistics at Oxford University, before an MPhil at Cambridge in South Asian history and its connections with Great Britain.
After his studies, Tan worked in construction and even ran his own small company in Scotland. In 2007, he was elected as a councillor in Gravesham, where he subsequently became Mayor in 2011. During this time he became a Cabinet Member, Constituency Party Chairman and had many voluntary roles (School Governor; Alzheimer’s & Dementia charity Trustee; Mencap Society advisor and Independent Police Advisory Group member).
In Parliament, Tan is the Shadow Minister for Railways; he is the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group campaigning for a Western Rail Link to Heathrow and he has spearheaded the campaign for National Sikh War Memorial.
True to form, the event will be lively and informal. Members’ questions are invited and chairing will ensure a pacey and interactive evening.
James, our Chair, is a Teacher of Politics and History at Park House School and also sits on a national Youth Advisory Panel for Spirit of 2012. He is an active Labour activist as Vice Chair of Newbury Labour Party and recognisable as our 2019 parliamentary candidate, leading an outstanding locally driven campaign
. In addition to achieving a first class honours degree from the University of Bath in BA Sport and Social Sciences, James has also had experience working as a Games Maker and Young Ambassador for London 2012, Join In UK and as a trainee reporter with BBC Sport and BBC Berkshire.