Conservatives go to Bollywood

Leading lights of the Asian community were among guests attending the Conservatives’ Bollywood Nights dinner on Monday night. Over 250 guests the attended the event held on Monday 27 November at the Bombay Brasserie, in South Kensington. Among them were Dr Avta Lit, founder of Sunrise Radio, Holiday Inns tycoon Dolar Popat, the founder-chairman of Sun Oil, Rami Ranger and the concert impresario Harvey Goldsmith. The guests were entertained by Bollywood dancers before they enjoyed the excellent food the restaurant’s kitchen is famous for.

The guest speaker for the night was the Conservative Party Policy chairman, Oliver Letwin MP. Under David Cameron’s leadership the Party has strengthened its efforts to work with all communities across the country to ensure it is representative of modern Britain. Also attending were many members of the Shadow Cabinet and other leading Conservative MPs, including; Ken Clarke, Dominic Grieve, Andrew Mitchell, John Redwood and Chris Grayling. Bollywood nights is the first event of its kind. It will be a demonstration of the Conservative Party’s success in working with and attracting support from ethnic communities.

The evening was held by The Ethnic Diversity Council, which is chaired by the Conservative peer Lord Sheikh of Cornhill. Francis Maude, Conservative Party Chairman, set up the EDC this year to help strength ties with the Party across Britain.

The Bollywood dancers were led by Ajeshri Sheth, the Director the Harrow based dance school the Shri Academy of Dance. Guests were delighted by the excellent the performances of the talented young dancers. Among those showcasing their talent were Priya Bajaria, UK Bollywood grand final competition finalists Nikita Shah, Sonia Chandaria & male dancer Ravi Ruparel. The Shri Academy of dance are the current title holders of several top awards.

Lord Sheikh said: “I very much enjoyed an excellent evening and met many people who were attending a Conservative event for the first time. This was a tremendous opportunity for people to find out more about the Party and for the Party to find out more about them. We were delighted that the event sold out a month in advance and intend this to become an annual event which we can build on.”

Oliver Letwin said: “This is an opportunity for the Conservative Party to review its commitment to diversity. It is also an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to reach out further, and actively to seek participation in our Party from all people from all communities in Britain. The Ethnic Diversity Council has played a major role in this effort to date – and will be playing a major role in future. I congratulate and thank all those who are involved.”

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