THE Labour Convention of Indian Organisations (LCIO) hosted a dinner for MPs, business leaders, diplomats and community leaders to discuss the UK’s future relationships with India.
India’s high commissioner Vikram Doraiswami as well as senior Bangladeshi and Nepalese diplomats spoke at the event where shadow secretaries of state and ministers, including the shadow deputy prime minister Angela Rayner MP were present.
Discussions ranged from trade to development and strengthening the UK-India relationship as the opposition Labour is expected to win the next general election.
LCIO chair Navendu Mishra said, “It is important that ahead of a possible change of Government, discussions are had about the future of Britain’s relationship with various nations, including India, Bangladesh and Nepal.”
“Labour, in Government, will transform Britain’s standing on the world stage and promote agreements that deliver good, well-paid jobs at home and abroad. It was therefore useful to bring together key figures across the various nations to continue those discussions,” the MP for Stockport said.
The LCIO, which traces its roots to India’s independence movement, engages with diverse Indian organisations in the UK.
Other MPs, including Virendra Sharma, Seema Malhotra, Paula Barkar and Barry Gardiner are also associated with the LCIO.