Gill (50), whose family originated from Jamsher Khera in Jalandhar, Punjab, made history by winning Birmingham Edgbaston in the 2017 general election.
She quickly rose through the ranks to Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, a post renamed Shadow Cabinet Minister for International Development in November 2021 after the department was abolished.
Another PIO MP, Lisa Nandy, was also demoted, in her case to shadow cabinet minister for international development, by Gill from her previous role as shadow secretary for upgrading, housing and communities. Prior to that, Nandy, daughter of Dipak Nandy, a Calcutta-born academic, and Ann Luise Byers, served as shadow foreign minister. Nandy, a former rival of Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer, and MP Thangam Debbonaire, who was promoted to shadow secretary for culture, media and sport, are now the only people of Indian origin to remain in the shadow cabinet. Angela Rayner, deputy leader of the Labor Party, is the new shadow secretary, replacing Nandy.
Labor enjoys an 18 point lead over the Tories and the reshuffle appears to be a bid to drive the party back to the center to win the next general election.
Gill had backed the 2020-21 farmers’ protests in India and in March, during the Punjab crackdown, as police tried to arrest Waris Punjab De leader Amritpal Singh, she tweeted that many of her constituents were “alarmed by the arrests of journalists”. , lawyers, women and civilians”.
Gill tweeted: “I am proud of the work we have done to hold the government to account: their disastrous decision to abolish DfID and their mishandling of the aid cuts that have harmed so many lives. I want to thank everyone I have worked with over the years.
Gill’s late father, Daljit Singh Shergill, known as Shergill Sahib, was a Sikh leader from Punjab who immigrated to the UK in the 1960s and was chairman for 20 years of Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick, where he the funeral of pro-Khalistan activist Avtar Singh took place. Khanda took place this year.
Sir Keir has handed a promotion to Shabana Mahmood, who has family roots in Mirpur, PoK, who has become Shadow Justice Secretary. “We now have a very strong team on the pitch,” he said.