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Updated: April 26, 2012 01:41 IST

First British Indian PM will be a Tory, says Cameron

Hasan Suroor
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David Cameron
David Cameron

Praises British Indian community for its contribution to its adopted country

Prime Minister David Cameron believes that if ever Britain were to have an Indian-origin Prime Minister, he or she would be from the Conservative Party.

“We were the first party to have a woman Prime Minister [Margaret Thatcher], we were the first party in [Benjamin] Disraeli to have a Jewish Prime Minister and when I look at the talent behind me I think we are going to be the first party to have a British Indian Prime Minister,” he boasted speaking at the launch of the Conservative Friends of India here.

Mr. Cameron praised the British Indian community for its contribution to its adopted country and said the Indians had the same values — strong family ties, sense of community and enterprise — as the Conservative Party.

“Shared values”

“The values that you bring are our shared values,'' he said, adding, “There are so many British Indians who had put in hard work to make Britain what it is today.”

Addressing a hall packed with Indian immigrants — men in boring suits, women in designer saris and dresses — Mr. Cameron admitted that the Conservatives had not done enough to cultivate the Indian community.

“For too long, we just presumed that they would join us on the basis of shared values, but we need to do more to bring them in,” he said.

The Conservative Friends of India — the brainchild of the Indian-origin peer Lord Dolar Popat — had his and his party's “100 per cent backing,” he declared describing it as the “start of a beautiful relationship.”

He said he was “proud” of his party's Indian-origin MPs and hoped that their numbers would grow in the coming years.

Mr. Cameron said his government attached huge importance to Britain's relationship with India. It was already “incredibly strong” but he wanted to make it the “strongest-ever.”

He said people often tended to think that the Indian economy was just based on call centres. “Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Indian economy is there as a dynamo to the world economy,” he said.

Mr. Cameron flagged up terrorism as an area where the two countries could work more closely to fight it. Both had been victims of terror attacks and needed to “stand up to together” to combat them.

yeah! that can happen when Britain becomes a republic.

from:  sathyan
Posted on: Apr 26, 2012 at 19:25 IST

yes! the prime minister is right but at the same trime he is slamming the doors of the indian community willing to come to uk to appease clegg and browns of labour and lib-dem.thats wrong.if he continues this then i would wish India too slamms the door into the face of uk.its the indian and other immigrants from commonqwealth who built up uk and its roads and not the new europeans who come for benefits only.indiA SHOULDS GET out of the anti-uk corner because of the colonialism and turn those 250 yrs into a positive relationship and we can do can be the most productive and most advantageous for India to take advantage of those 250 yrs of our india--uk relationship inspite of 1854 war and inspite of jalianwalA BAGH.

from:  ashok
Posted on: Apr 26, 2012 at 17:18 IST

Britain has the type of economic problems that if someone may take them out of their mess, British may offer him even Catherine also. right now they are looking on India for help and ready for anything Indians may negotiate from them

from:  santosh tiwari
Posted on: Apr 26, 2012 at 16:22 IST

Yes, he's likely right. Generally speaking, Asian diasporic communities in western democracies, being instinctively anti-progressive in everything except immigration policy, start voting for rightist parties once they feel that they are sufficiently established that they will have nothing more to gain by voting for the leftist parties that opened the doors of immigration to their communities. It is a glowing proof of the success of the liberal enterprise that in countries like Britain bigots of all hues are free to cultivate brotherhood on the basis of their shared bigotry alone.

from:  Ashu
Posted on: Apr 26, 2012 at 09:53 IST
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