club was packed with distinguished guests including Lord & Lady Sheikh,
The PPC Mr. Paul Uppal from Wolverhampton. The Mayor of Harrow, Cllr.
Lurline Champagnie , the present & past Chairmen of the Basingstoke
Conservative Association, Mr. Nigel McNair-Scott & Mr. Mark Andrea,
Cllr. Pritpal Singh, Mr. Colin Malam, Chairman N.E. Hants Conservative
Association, District Cllr from Beaconsfield, Mr. Santokh Chhokar, Mr.
Christopher Fenwick, Gen. Sec. of the United & Cecil Club, Mr. Amit Roy
of The Telegraph, Mrs. Rita Paine of the BBC, Ms Nidhi Dalmia of Dalmia
Media and Mr. Tahir Ali of Venus TV were some of the guests present.
General Secretary, Dr Rami Ranger MBE, gave a brief introduction of the
BACL and explained the rationale behind the organization. The main aims
being to promote Asians amongst the Tory leaders and the Tory leaders
amongst the Asian community in order to change each others perception.
This interaction of the two is encouraging the Asians to join the party
of their natural values.
Please click here to read the speech given by Dr Rami Ranger MBE, FRSA
Chairman, Mr Ranbir Suri, explained that the BACL was his vision when he
realized that there was no one making a conscious effort to attract the
Asian vote to the Tory cause. He said that when he approached the then
Party Chairman, the Rt. Hon. Michael Ancram MP, he applauded the idea
but said the Party was unable to fund such an organization. Mr Suri,
encouraged by Mr Ancram’s response, said that he would find funding from
the community and with the support of like minded people, the BACL was
born. It is now helping Asians to contest winnable seats.
Guest of Honour spoke at length about the need to attract candidates on
merit regardless of their colour and race. He promised to support ethnic
and women candidates for the greater good of the Party. Lord Sheikh also
spoke about the need for the Party to give and take if the Party was to
get the best out of its ethnic members. The Party must value the
contribution of those who were working hard for its success. Justice
should be seen to be done.
Vice Chairman of the BACL, Dr. Ashraf Chohan thanked the guests for
taking the time out of their busy schedules and for making the occasion
a success. He thanked the Guest of Honour for sharing his thoughts. He
pleaded that the Party should take on board the genuine concerns of the
British Muslims so that they would not feel isolated. He applauded the
vision of Mr. Suri and praised the work of the General Secretary, Rami
Ranger, in organizing such impressive functions on a regular basis for
the benefit of the Asians and Tory Party.
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(From L to R)
Dr. Rami Ranger, Mr. Colin Malam, The Rt. Hon James Arbuthnot MP,
Balwant Gill, Chairman Southall Football Club. Cllr. Lurline Champagnie,
Mayor of Harrow, Mr. Michael Pack, Deputy Chairman Ealing Southall
Conservative Association and Lord Sheikh
General Secretary, Dr Rami Ranger MBE, introducing the BACL and
explaining the rationale behind the organization
Chairman Mr. Ranbir Suri JP addressing the guests.
Mr. Colin Malam, Chairman NE Hants Conservative Association
Guest of Honor The Rt. Hon James Arbuthnot MP addressing the guests.
Lord Sheikh Addressing the Guest
Vice Chairman of the BACL, Dr. Ashraf Chohan giving a Vote of Thanks.