In memory of my father

Dad’s Funeral Speech My father, Sardar Salamat Singh Riyait, born 15th May 1931 whose soul left this world to join Waheguru Ji on 27th July 2013 was a true Sikh. I want to… Continue reading

The creation of the Khalsa on Vaisakhi was a political act

The creation of the Khalsa on Vaisakhi was one of the greatest political acts we have known. It is often thought about in religious terms, the creation of the Khalsa, the final form… Continue reading

still human, still here

Speech made to Full Council Thank you My Lord Mayor I fully endorse this motion brought forward by Cllr Clarke on behalf of the City of Sanctuary and other organisations which are helping… Continue reading

Council budget 2014 speech

Thank you my Lord Mayor. My Lord Mayor, I want to start by commending this budget to Council. We are facing the most unprecedented cuts to local government that we have ever faced,… Continue reading

the great tory hypocrisy in abbey

There‚Äôs not much that surprises me about the Leicester Conservative Party and when I was selected as the Labour Party Candidate for the Abbey by-election I expected the Tories to have a go… Continue reading

Progress Political weekend

Andrew Adonis opened the Progress Political weekend at Stoke Rochford Hall by saying it was important not to be complacent and that the Labour Party faced an almighty political battle. In terms of… Continue reading

£20m Black Hole in Police Crime Plan

We knew the financial position of Policing in Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland was going to be bad and during the PCC campaign Labour warned of this. Now the draft plan produced by the… Continue reading

Why we must teach girls to code

In the current debate about the schools exam system, the discussion has been based on the type of examination system that kids leaving school at 16 should undertake. While this is an important… Continue reading

The party of small business

As a former secretary of the Federation of Small Businesses in Leicester, the easiest way for me to bring an unnerving quiet to a room of small business owners used to be to… Continue reading

Leicester West CLP Contemporary Motion on Adult Social Care

I was pleased last night that my proposed contemporary motion to the Labour Party Conference via the Beaumont Leys Branch was accepted unanimously by the Leicester West CLP Management Committee. It was great… Continue reading