18-Jan-2017
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East Ham MP Stephen Timms' love for Keralites may provide first Malayalee MP (Interview prior to Jan 7 Kerala visit)

By A Staff Reporter

LONDON Jan 4: Stephen Timms, British Labour Party politician, has been the Member of Parliament for East Ham since 1997. His love for Keralites is well-known within the community and they too reciprocate this overwhelmingly which contributes to the success of this poltician in London.
 
In an exlcusive interview, Stephen Timms spoke to ukmalayalee.com, prior to his visit to Kerala from January 7, 2017. He showered praise on the community for their contribution since the 1970s and said that he looks forward to Malayalee youth joining politics and hoped they enter mainstream poltics and one day become leaders who will run this country.
 
Stephen Timms and his wife will be visiting Kerala as guests of the Catholic Church there. The couple will also be attending the launch of the Follow Me TV Channel in Thiruvananthapuram on 7 January.  "I hope we will have a chance as well to visit some of the other beautiful places in Kerala, about which we have heard so much!, he told ukmalayalee.com.
 
In a brief interview he said: "Many of my constituents have their roots in Kerala.  Some older members of the community came to the UK in the 1970s, when their employment with the British forces in Singapore came to an end; others have come directly from India.  While now making a full contribution in Britain, they are all immensely proud of Kerala, often referring to it, in the famous expression, as “God’s Own Country”.  They are rightly proud as well of Kerala’s fine record of education and of democratic government".
 
"I paid a number of visits to India as a Minister, to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.  For example, I visited Delhi in early 2010, ahead of the London G20 summit, for fruitful discussion of shared ideas between Britain and India about how the world should respond to the economic crisis.  My visit to Bangalore – as a Trade Minister – was specifically to have a look at the fast-growing IT sector.  The visit next week, however, will be my first to Kerala, and my wife’s first visit to India.
 
"Councillor Jose Alexander, in my constituency, is an example of a Malayalee doing well and making an impact in politics in the UK.  I have no doubt, as young people are doing increasingly well at school and college, that many more will be stepping forward to make an impact in many aspects of UK life, including in politics.  I would encourage them to take the plunge! –  to join a political party and to start to become involved.  
 
"In February, I will be running a politics school for young people in my constituency, and its likely that, as with previous politics schools, one or more of the students involved will be Malayalee". This should become a motivation for Malayalee youths and grab the opportunity that Stephen Timms is offering youths from East Ham.
 
Newham Councillor Jose Alexander reaffirms Stephen Timms' support for the UK Malayalee community. Speaking to ukmalayalee.com he said: "Stephen always work hard and supports all our Malayalee community organisations in East Ham. Stephen also hold regular advice surgeries which you can raise any issues or concerns for the community. 
 
"I am fully supporting Stephen Timms MP's vision and aspiration for the political school in East Ham for the young adults. In future as I would like to see our young Malayalee people elected as an MP and serving in the British cabinet.
 
"Stephen Timms MP visit to Kerala will be invaluable experience in building a strong, caring and working with different faith communities across in Newham, Councillor Jose said.
 
Image Courtesy Newham Recorder