[Labour leader Ed Milliband addresses guest at the party's Eid reception flanked by Shabana Mahmood MP for Birmingham Ladywood and Labour's Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan MP]
By Elham Asaad Buaras
Prominent Labour party politicians and supporters came together for a belated Eid celebration in Labour Party Head Quarters in Brewers Green, London.
More than 200 guests attended the event on November 18, hosted by Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Minister for London, Sadiq Khan MP.
Speeches were given by prominent Muslim Labour politicians including Tower Hamlets MP, Rushanara Ali, Birmingham Ladywood MP, Shabana Mahmood, Chair of Muslim Friends of Labour, Khalid Mahmood MP and new MP candidates Tulip Siddiq (Hampstead and Kilburn) and Rupa Huq (Ealing Central and Action).
A special welcome was given by the Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, who spoke passionately about the important contribution of British Muslims make to the country and the Labour Party.
“This has been a chance to recognise the enormous contribution of the Muslim community right across our country, in every area of life, from business, to charities, to politics. I hope this is the first of many Eid celebrations at Labour Party HQ. I am looking forward to holding even bigger ones in Downing Street,” said Miliband.
Khan said: “It may have been belated, but it remains incredibly important to the Labour Party to celebrate the contribution of the Muslim community to Britain and our party and to come together to celebrate Eid.”
He added: “As a party, we have more Muslim MPs than either the Conservatives or Lib Dems, and we are soon to have a lot more, with our excellent Parliamentary Candidates like Tulip Siddiq and Rupa Huq. It was fantastic to see people of Islamic faith, and those of different faiths, coming to together to celebrate Eid, in the heart of the Labour Party.”