As Former Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition of Trinidad and Tobago as well as the First Female Commonwealth Chair in Office, I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to the Rt Hon. Rishi Sunak on becoming Britain’s 57th Prime Minister and making history by becoming the UK’s first British Asian Prime Minister.
Having served as Chancellor, as a former Chief Secretary to the Treasury & former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Local Government, the distinguished Member of Parliament for Richmond (Yorks) is well equipped, experienced, and possesses a potent vision to serve the best interest of the British people.
Mr. Sunak’s path to Number 10 Downing Street has been nothing short of inspirational, enriching, and prolific from being the son of immigrants to being elected as a Member of Parliament for the first time in 2015 then to being appointed as Chancellor in 2020 and now within the space of seven years as a Parliamentarian, becoming Britain’s first Prime Minister of Asian descent.
Throughout his career, Mr. Sunak has gone on to play instrumental roles to develop the way of life for the citizens of the United Kingdom. From managing the UK’s tough economic decisions during the start of the Pandemic to helping keep families going with support during the height of covid are just some of Mr. Sunak’s prolific achievements.
Given that the UK economy and people require stability, innovation as well as growth, Mr. Sunak, with his experience, intellect as well as determined drive is well-positioned to deliver a mandate that empowers holistic development.
As Mr. Sunak becomes the first Hindu Prime Minister of Britain, especially on the Holy day of Divali, there is hope that his leadership and vision will be a light on the global economy as well as the Commonwealth. The greatest strength of our world is diversity, and today we have had a major victory for diversity in the mother of all Parliaments.
I take this time to also offer sincere wishes to both Mr. Sunak’s predecessors Mrs. Truss and Mr. Johnson who have both offered significant contributions to public life and UK Politics as we wish them both all the best in future endeavours.
Today millions are proud of Rishi Sunak’s achievement in the diaspora while millions more throughout our global community look on with optimism for the role he and the British Government will play to continue to steady the ship of the global economy and development.
My party and I continue to offer our hands to our British friends as partners for a better Commonwealth and global community.