British NRI Minister assumes charge of Conservative Party Group

shailesh-varaIndian-origin British MP Shailesh Vara, 56, has been appointed co-chairman of the Conservative Friends of India (CF-India) group, that aims to build better links between the diaspora and the Party.

The appointment follows the recent ministerial reshuffle under British PM Theresa May, when MP Alok Sharma who was the co-chairman of CF-India was made Minister for Asia at the Foreign Commonwealth Office.

The Gujarati origin MP Vara joins co-chair businessman Ranjit Singh Baxi in the group, that is affiliated to the UK ruling Conservative Party. Minister Vara said ‘there is much work to be done in terms of deepening the Party’s relationship with the British Indian diaspora and strengthening their links with India’. Mr Baxi said ‘Shailesh is a person who will give time and effort to whatever task is in hand, and they are looking forward to working with him.

Under former PM David Cameron, Vara served as a justice minister and minister in the UK Department for Work and Pensions. In 2014 he was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, in recognition of his work.

Patrick McLaughlin, Conservative Party chairman also praised Vara saying he is a versatile politician.