Sikh community launch manifesto: ‘It is the most unpredictable election’

PUBLISHED: 14:30 09 March 2015

Mankamal Singh at the launch at the House of Commons Photo credit: MSMPHOTOGRAPHICS

Mankamal Singh at the launch at the House of Commons Photo credit: MSMPHOTOGRAPHICS

The government will be looking to win minority votes ahead of the general election, a leading Sikh organisation has claimed.

Mankamal Singh, of the Sikh Network and the Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Seven Kings, helped draw up a manifesto with the help of the Redbridge Sikh community.

Following the document’s launch last month, Mr Singh said: “It is the most unpredictable election. The politicians are going to look to the minority voters.

“It is all about collective voting as a community as opposed to individuals.”

Research suggests, according to Mr Singh, faith communities are “much more likely to vote” than groups not defined by religion.

He added: “It is because of their association with their civic duties.

“People will always make sure that they are registered to vote – especially Sikhs.”

The Sikh manifesto was launched last month at Parliament in a bid to shape this summer’s election by targeting 50 marginal seats across the country.

Council leader Jas Athwal, MP for Ilford North Lee Scott, and Sikh Women’s Alliance Balwinder Saund were in attendance.

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