Last night, Stephen celebrated the anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence by attending an event in the House of Commons organised by Labour Friends of Bangladesh.
The event saw a large turnout with numerous Members of Parliament attending, including Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander, the first British Bangladeshi elected the UK Parliament, Rushanara Ali, and the Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Keith Vaz. The event also saw a speech from the Bangladeshi High Commissioner to the UK, Mohammed Mijarul Quayes.
The evening was a terrific celebration of the Bangladeshi community’s contribution to British society and acknowledged the ever strengthening relations between Britain and Bangladesh. The High Commissioner paid homage to the establishment of a £4 billion per year curry industry in the UK and Rushanara Ali drew the guests attention to the Bangladeshi community’s growing influence in the political arena with three new Bangladeshi Labour candidates standing in 2015; Tulip Siddique for West Hampstead and Kilburn, Rupa Huq for Ealing Central and Acton, and Anwar Miah for Welwyn Hatfield.
Speaking after the event, Stephen said: “I was in Bangladesh only a few weeks ago and spoke to a number of people who had friends and family living in Newham. The strength of the connection between the people of our two countries is strong and tonight was a fitting way to celebrate that link. The Bangladeshi community in East Ham contributes a great deal to the life of our local area and I was delighted to acknowledge that growing contribution here in the Houses of Parliament tonight.”