11th June 2017

It is unlikely that Theresa May will be Prime Minister of UK this time next year.

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By Dr Upul Wijayawardhana As the Big Ben struck ten on Thursday 8th night, all three news-channels in UK; BBC, ITV and Sky, gave the results of their joint exit poll to a stunned British public: “There will be a hung parliament with Conservatives getting 314 of the 650 seats”. In spite of a blundering campaign, everyone expected Theresa May to win with an increased majority though the prospect of the landslide predicted, at the time of the surprise dissolution of Parliament, faded due to the unexpected good performance of the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Many supporters of the two major parties still felt the exit polls to be wrong as Conservatives could not believe they were doing so badly and Labour that they could […]

The British Election

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by Rajan Philips Those of us who dismissed Jeremy Corbyn as an untimely infliction on the British Labour Party must now eat humble pie, huge portions of them. The good thing is that we on the left can also celebrate his electoral performance very heartily while eating the humble pie. Mighty kudos as well to the band of Sri Lankan cricketers for pulling off that stunner of a victory against India at the London Oval on the day of the British election. Whatever happens tomorrow against Pakistan, the win against India will remain memorable for a long time. Nothing against the talented Indian cricketers, but defeating them is the only way to give India’s cricket establishment the occasional kick on its backside for its bankrolling […]

Record number of black, Asian and ethnic minority MPs elected to parliament

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New members of House of Commons include four black women and Britain’s first ever female Sikh MP Parliament now has more black and minority ethnic (BAME) MPs than ever before. The 2017 general election saw ten new MPs from non-white backgrounds elected, taking the total in the House of Commons from 41 to 51. While this is still only around one in 13 MPs, it means the Commons is now more diverse than in any previous parliament. READ MORE Record numbers of refugees fleeing United States for Canada The new MPs include Labour’s Preet Gill in Birmingham Edgbaston – the first ever female Sikh MP. Slough’s new representative, Tanmanjeet Singh, also of Labour, becomes the first turban-wearing Sikh to sit in Parliament.  The new parliament will also […]

Tamil Man guilty of sexual assault in Harrow and Ealing

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A man has been convicted of a linked series of sex attacks carried out on women in the Ealing and Harrow areas last year. Sinuthujaan Yoganathan, 32 (19.08.84) of St Margaret’s Avenue, Harrow was found guilty of five sexual assaults and one attempted sexual assault following a three week trial at Isleworth Crown Court on Monday, 5 June. He will be sentenced at the court on 28 July. The conviction follows a successful joint investigation by officers at Ealing and Harrow CID. Detective Inspector Tom Williams, who led the investigation, said: “I am pleased with this guilty verdict, especially for the brave victims who had to suffer Yoganathan’s attacks. I would like to thank them for their courage throughout our investigation and this prosecution. “The […]