First, please accept my apologies for not being able to join you earlier. I’m supposed to be out of the country, but all the program changed and I happen to be here, so first let me welcome you all here and say how glad am I and proud to be associated, myself, with the organisation and the many friends I can see from everywhere that I can see joining us today.

I am proud that my brother, my friend, Lord King, who originally joined this group, introduced me to this group. I am grateful for the last many, many years of association with the group. Unfortunately, I have to leave again, so I thought I would pay this courtesy visit and come here to welcome you and assure you of my whole cooperation and support to the group and I look forward to working together.

May I welcome you to the House as well and I am sorry I missed your contributions, but I am looking forward to working closer with all the friends who are from Britain at the moment, but certainly to those friends from oversees I extend my welcome and I’m certainly looking forward to working with you in the future as well. God bless you all. Thank you.

Hon. Virendra Sharma

Author: Hon. Virendra Sharma

Member of Parliament, United Kingdom

Honourable Sharma was elected as Member of Parliament in the Ealing Southall by-election in 2007 following the passing of sitting Labour MP Piara Khabra. Born in India, fluent in Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu languages, he is married with two children and three grandchildren. He served as a Councillor in Ealing for 25 years, including one term as Mayor. Coming from India in 1968, he started out as a bus conductor before studying at the London School of Economics on a Trade Union Scholarship, and eventually working as a Day Services manager for people with learning disabilities in Hillingdon. He is a local school governor.

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