Following recent events I would like to offer my wholehearted support to the Sikh Community in Telford and across the country.
Attacks on Sikhs and attacks on the Sikh turban are deeply shocking events. Very sadly many Sikhs experience racially motivated abuse and attacks focusing on the turban. The turban is a distinct part of Sikh identity and has spiritual significance, which makes such attacks all the more abhorrent.
The Sikh community makes an enormous contribution to our town. They show warmth and kindness to everyone, offering a welcome at the Gurdwara and providing food to those in need. The three pillars of Sikh faith are to constantly think of God, to work hard to earn an honest living and to share their earnings with others through giving. I have a deep respect for the Sikh faith and values, and I would urge people to learn more about Sikhism.
I enjoy my visits to the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Oakengates. I am always made to feel really welcome and offered amazing food. Celebrating Vaisakhi is an important annual event in Telford which our whole community enjoys.
I am both shocked and saddened by recent events. Racism will never be accepted in our community and it is important that we do not stand by when shocking incidents like this occur. The number of concerned people who have emailed me about this incident speaks to the strength of the Sikh community, and I stand together with them.
As a Member of the APPG on British Sikhs I will continue to voice my full support for Sikhs in Parliament.
Photo above: Lucy with Telford's Sikh community (pre-COVID)