UK condemns ‘state harbouring terrorism’

Patrick McLoughlin with Queen during the opening of the redeveloped Reading rail station. (File)

Britain’s ruling Conservative party chairman condemned ‘state harbouring terrorism’ and added the governments are responsible to work together for global peace and progress….reports Asian Lite News

Patrick McLoughlin with Queen during the  opening of the redeveloped Reading rail station.  (File)
Patrick McLoughlin with Queen during the opening of the redeveloped Reading rail station. (File)

Mr Patrick McLoughlin MP, chairman of the ruling Conservative Party of Britain, said India is on the right path to become a key player in global economy.

Regarding the strife in relations between India and Pakistan over the killing of 18 Indian soldiers at Uri in Kashmir by militants hailing from Pakistan, Mr Mcloughlin said every state has a responsibility to disassociate from all form of violence.

The senior Conservative leader was talking to Asian Lite prior to the annual party conference which begins in Birmingham on Sunday. Prominent attendees of the conference include Prime Minister Theresa May and her cabinet. Over 11,000 people will attend the four day’s conference and fringe events taking place at prominent venues including Symphony Hall in Birmingham.   The world media will arrive on record numbers to report the debates and rift in the cabinet and party over the process and procedures to exit from EU.

“As a party, we won’t be able to provide a running a running commentary on Brexit,” said Mr McLoughlin. “Brexit means Brexit. But we are leaving European Union and not Europe. The Brexit will open new avenues, especially in India and China.”

Mr McLoughlin said Prime Minister May will soon visit India to resume the talks initiated by former prime minister David Cameron.

“The Indo-UK trade relations will be a key factor in the post-Brexit British economy,” Mr Mcloughlin, who is preparing to deliver his first speech as chairman. “During the Cameron’s period, we made tremendous progress in many fields. I would like to continue talks, especially in transport and infra structure development.”

The ruling party chairman praised Indian community in Britain for their entrepreneurship and urged more to join the main stream politics. During the 2015 election, about 48 per cent of the Indian community supported Conservatives. The party is targeting the Indian community to shore up its Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) votes. Indian-origin MP Priti Patel is in cabinet as International Development Secretary and former justice minister Shailesh Vora become a co-chairman of Conservative Friends of India (CFI), a forum aiming to attract more Indian diaspora votes to the Conservative fold.

The ruling party chairman also mentioned changes in visa regulations to help genuine Indian students to join UK universities.

“The bogus colleges and illegal immigration had affected the sector. But after the tough rules and crackdown, things are getting back to normal,” Mr McLoughlin added.

Mr  McLoughlin, a former miner turned politician, said the party is committed to fulfil its 2015 manifesto and will follow the 2020 Vision unveiled by Cameron to increase the BAME representation in key sectors including politics.  Cameron during the 2015 campaign promised to allocate 20 per cent of retirement seats for BAME candidates. Indian-origin Rishi Sunak, 36, son-in-law of Infosys chairman Narayan Murthy, was one among the candidates benefitted from Cameron’s 2020 Vision.