Search

Sikhs hope to decide Hampstead and Kilburn election with 150 votes

PUBLISHED: 15:00 18 February 2015

Picture: Getty Images.

Picture: Getty Images.

(c) Digital Vision.

Representatives from the Sikh Federation contacted Heathman recently to announce that Hampstead and Kilburn had been identified as one of 50 constituencies around the UK which could be decided at May’s general election by Sikh votes.

Filled with intrigue, Heathman responded by enquiring as to the size of the constituency’s Sikh population.

“According to 2011 census figures, there are 150 Sikhs of voting age living in Hampstead and Kilburn,” replied the Sikh Federation.

In a constituency with 78,552 eligible voters in 2010, a minority like the Sikh population in Hampstead and Kilburn will struggle to have much of a say on the final outcome of May’s electoral battle, Heathman would argue.

The Sikh Federation however points to Labour’s slender 42-vote victory over the Conservatives in 2010 as evidence that 150 votes could make all the difference.

With the national demise of the Liberal Democrats, who came within 1,000 votes of victory in Hampstead and Kilburn in 2010, it seems unlikely this year’s contest will be as tight.

Nevertheless, Hampstead and Kilburn’s Sikhs have a 10-point manifesto which they want the parliamentary candidates to respond to.

The manifesto, which has been sent to all candidates standing in the Sikh Federation’s 50 target seats, includes calls for a statutory code of practice on items of the Sikh faith in order to prevent discrimination.

It also calls for an independent inquiry into British involvement in the Amritsar and Dehli massacres of 1984, the erection of a permanent central London monument to Sikhs who fell in the First World War and more effective Sikh representation in parliament.

“The response of parties and candidates to the manifesto will determine how many in the community vote,” said Bhai Amrik Singh, chairman of the Sikh Federation.

“We are looking for firm commitments from each political party on the big issues.”

Over to Hampstead and Kilburn’s parliamentary hopefuls.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Stories

Yesterday, 18:09

Mark McCall called his depleted Saracens squad “amazing” after they fought back to beat Sale Sharks 31-25 and maintain their unbeaten start to the Gallagher Premiership season.

Yesterday, 15:44

Gallagher Premiership: Saracens 31 Sale Sharks 25

I live in the north west of London in the United Kingdom. Like the rest of the country, I have been looking on in bewilderment at the Brexit deal while politicians on both sides of the house vie for political supremacy. Divisions in government make for good news headlines but do nothing for the public’s confidence in its institutions.

Fri, 17:00

Sarries back in league action on Saturday after exertions in Heineken Champions Cup and Premiership Rugby Cup

Fri, 16:24

Normally we celebrate one business of the week – but today we’ve got three!

Fri, 15:17

A Routemaster bus will take 72 passengers on a journey through Greek Cypriot history, via Camden and Holloway, on Sunday.

Fri, 12:12

The latest twist in the saga of a Hampstead landlord who refuses to pay a controversial levy saw him bring a top barrister to his court hearing.

Fri, 11:16

World class international musicians play intimate concerts in Highgate’s beautiful churches

PROMOTED CONTENT

Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate stories

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now