Labour MP Virendra Sharma (Ealing and Southall) as Chair of the Indo-British All Party Parliamentary Group has led a delegation of eight MPs and Peers to India to discuss post-Brexit opportunities for the UK and India. The delegation have today met with Mr Modi the Prime Minister of India and Mr Arun Jaitley the Finance Minister to discuss the potential for increased trade and cooperation in key sectors.
The cross-party delegation led by Mr Sharma is also made up of Jonathan Reynolds MP, Charlotte Leslie MP, Edward Argar MP, Oliver Dowden MP, Marie Rimmer MP, Bob Blackman MP and Lord Northbrook. The group arrived in Delhi on Monday and have already met with key members of the Government and Parliament.
The delegation organised by the Indian High Commission in London has also served as a fact finding mission for several MPs less familiar with India. Virendra Sharma MP who is also co-Chair of the TB APPG has used this as an opportunity to promote cooperation on eradication. Mr Jaitley spoke earlier this month of plans to eradicate TB within a decade and Mr Sharma has spoken to both the nascent parliamentary group and the Prime Minister about the work that needs to be done.
Speaking in India, Mr Sharma said: “We have only been in India for two days but we are already improving contacts between the Indian and British governments. I have had productive discussions with both Mr Modi and Mr Jaitley about the fantastic work that has already been done on TB eradication and I know there is a real desire to make progress on this issue.
I have also raised issues of concern for the millions of British-Indians that live in the UK and are proud to be part of a large Indian diaspora. The issue of demonetisation has been raised several times and we had frank discussions about its impact. There are important steps to be made on civic involvement and I have raised those issues while we have met with key members of Parliament.”