Preet Kaur Gill, a councillor from Sandwell, has been appointed as Member in the Shadow Cabinet of the Labour Party in Britain. Upon her selection by Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn, she became the country's first Woman Sikh Member (WSM) in the UK House of Commons (UKHC). Born and brought up in Edgbaston, Gill won her Birmingham Edgbaston seat for the Labour Party in the June 8 mid-term elections held last year. In July, she was elected to the Home Affairs Select Committee in the British Parliament and it was during the New Year reshuffle that she was elevated to the post of Shadow Minister for International Development in Corbyn’s “Government-in-Waiting”.
In her statement during the elections, Gill said, "We had no Sikh MPs prior to this election. So, Sikhs had no representation and we had no female Sikh representation. Parliament must reflect the people it serves". Corbyn, in a statement said, “Pleased to make appointments to strengthen Labour’s frontbench which is a government-in-waiting. I look forward to working with them holding the Tories to account, developing our policies to transform our country and preparing to form a government for the many, not the few". A Shadow Cabinet is basically a team of senior Parliamentarians selected by the Opposition Leader mirroring the Government's Cabinet. The opposition presents itself as an alternative government-in-waiting through it. Different members are appointed to lead specific policy areas for their party and to question and challenge their counterpart in the Cabinet.