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Tory leader to celebrate 60 years of India's independence

Conservative leader Cameron is keen to enlist more supporters from among Asians.
AFP | By HT Correspondent, London
UPDATED ON MAR 23, 2007 05:56 PM IST

Keen to enlist more supporters from among Britain's Asian community, Conservative leader David Cameron will host a dinner June 11 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the independence of India and Pakistan in 1947.

The dinner will celebrate the contribution made to Britain by people from the sub-continent. Other senior Conservative politicians will be among the guests.

Conservative peer Lord Sheikh, chairman of the Conservative Party's Ethnic Diversity Council, said Thursday: "We want to celebrate the significance of the independence for these countries from the British Empire allowing them to determine their own future.

"The historic ties between the subcontinent and Britain have provided great opportunities on both sides. Sixty years of independence is something to celebrate and I am glad to be involved with the Conservative Party's positive approach to this anniversary.

"It will be a great opportunity for people from these Asian communities to come together to celebrate a shared history and to look to their future within Britain today. The people of Pakistani and Indian origin are an integral part of the British population and their contribution to British society and its economy is to the benefit of us all.

"This dinner is an opportunity for us to celebrate an important date in history that has meant so much to all of us living in Britain today."

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