Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi was elected as the MP for Slough, winning in the 2017 General Election with a 17,000 majority, thereby becoming the first ever turbaned Sikh in any European Parliament. Born in Berkshire, having spent his formative years in Slough, Tan received most of his primary education in the Punjab, India, before returning to the UK when he was nine years old. He studied Mathematics with Management at University College London, MSc Applied Statistics at Oxford University, before an MPhil at Cambridge in South Asian history and its connections with Great Britain.
After his studies, Tan worked in construction and even ran his own small company in Scotland. In 2007, he was elected as a councillor in Gravesham, where he subsequently became Mayor in 2011. During this time he became a Cabinet Member, Constituency Party Chairman and had many voluntary roles (School Governor; Alzheimer’s & Dementia charity Trustee; Mencap Society advisor and Independent Police Advisory Group member).
In Parliament, Tan is a member of the House of Commons Select Committee for Housing, Communities and Local Government; he is the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group campaigning for a Western Rail Link to Heathrow; he is a delegate member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and he has spearheaded the campaign for National Sikh War Memorial.
He is now the current candidate for the Labour Party for Slough.