Alok Sharma

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2017, Communities Minister in UK

Indian-origin MP named communities minister in UK, June 14, 2017: The Times of India

Indian-origin MP Alok Sharma was appointed minister of state in the department for communities and local government in the UK government on Tuesday. The Conservative party MP had held on to his Reading West seat by 2,876 votes in the June 8 general election.

“I am absolutely delighted to be elected as MP for a third time and I will do my very best for the people of Reading West,“ Sharma, 49, said.

His win was precarious as he was contesting a marginal seat, which are constituencies with a very slim majority for the sitting MP , leaving it up for grabs for any political party.

“Over the past seven years, the big issues I have tackled include securing more spaces at schools, getting more business investment and securing more standard class seats on trains from Reading into Paddington,“ Sharma said.

Sharma will serve as a junior minister under Pakistaniorigin Sajid Javid, who was reappointed secretary of state for communities and local government.

In the previous Theresa May-led Cabinet last year, Sharma had been parliamentary undersecretary for Asia and the Pacific in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and was effectively the FCO minister in charge of India. His latest appointment marks a step up in the UK ministerial ranks.

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