UK Envoy to India Lauds Desis in Bojo Team


British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith says Johnson’s ‘desi’ cabinet shows Indian diaspora’s impact….reports Asian Lite News.

“The ‘desi’ cabinet is a testament to just how diverse the UK is, and also what an impact the Indian diaspora makes in the UK. It is fantastic profile of the current state of UK.”

They did it. The four Desis in the Bojo cabinet is grabbing the attention of the Indian diaspora. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ‘desi’ cabinet, with three Indian-origin and one Pakistani-origin leaders in his top ministerial team, is a profound testament of the impact of the Indian diaspora in the UK, British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith said.

Johnson has appointed former Indian Diaspora Champion and Pravasi Bharatiya Award winner Priti Patel as Home Secretary, Alok Sharma as International Development Secretary and Rishi Sunak, son-in-law of Infosys founder Narayana Murthy as Chief Secretary to the Treasury. The Cabinet also includes Pakistani-origin Sajid Javid in the top job of Chancellor. But Sajid always claim his parents are from India.”The ‘desi’ cabinet is a testament to just how diverse the UK is, and also what an impact the Indian diaspora makes in the UK. It is fantastic profile of the current state of UK,” Asquith said.

To a question on Britain’s new immigration policy under the new government, which is to leave the European Union by October 31, he said that Johnson has made it clear that the UK should “attract the best of brains”.

Asquith said that Johnson “has made clear that he is a profound supporter of making sure Britain attracts the best of brains”, and his government will “overlook the whole immigration process”.

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Priti Patel 

He added that Priti Patel “has made clear that once we leave the EU, we will not favour geographical barriers and it will be open to all, on the basis of merit”.

Johnson has announced to explore an “Australian style points-based system” as part of “a radical rewriting” of the immigration system.

Both Johnson and Patel support “economic” migration and don’t support giving priority to EU migrants – which could be beneficial for skilled Indians, including students who go to the UK to study.

The Prime Minister has instructed the Migration Advisory Committee, a panel of academics and economists who advise the government on migration policy, to re-design the UK’s post-Brexit immigration system.

Patel has also announced that priority would be given to “those with the highest skills and the greatest talents – to attract those who add the most to our economy”.

Rishi Sunak MP

Richmond MP Mr Sunak’s appointment as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the second important role in deciding country’s business and economy, heralds a new era of British politics. The arrival of new-gen Asian-origin Blue Tory. Sunak was educated at Winchester College and Lincoln College, Oxford, where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He later did his MBA at Stanford University in the United States, where he was a Fulbright scholar. His initial career was in investment. He worked for The Children’s Investment Fund Management becoming a partner in September 2006. He left in 2009 to join other former colleagues in creating the Theleme Fund which launched in October 2010 with an initial $700m.

He was selected to take the seat of Sir William Hague in 2015. He was elected with a 20,000 vote majority in 2015 and increased the lead to 23,000 in 2017.

Sajid Javid. (File Photo: IANS) by .
Sajid Javid.

Rochdale born Sajid was a bus driver’s son. He attended state comprehensive in Bristol and studied politics and economics at Exeter University, where he joined the Conservatives. He is an ardent admirer of Margaret Thatcher and even put a poster of her in the room. He backed Remain in the referendum with a “heavy heart and no enthusiasm.”

Alok Sharma MP

Alok Sharma, the former employment minister and MP for Reading West, backed Boris Johnson for prime minister. He said he believed Mr Johnson was the only candidate who could deliver on Brexit, a domestic policy agenda and win a general election against Nigel Farage and Jeremy Corbyn. Prior to being elected in 2010, he qualified as a chartered accountant and worked in banking.

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