Ed Miliband visits Sikh Gurwara Sahib in Leamington while on the election campaign trail

Ed Miliband meets members of the Sikh Community at the Gurdwara Sahib in LeamingtonEd Miliband meets members of the Sikh Community at the Gurdwara Sahib in Leamington
Ed Miliband meets members of the Sikh Community at the Gurdwara Sahib in Leamington
Prime Minister David Cameron was there a few weeks ago - and this week it was Labour Party leader Ed 
Miliband’s turn to pay a visit to the Gurdwara Sahib in Warwick where he met members of the town’s Sikh community on Wednesday.

During the 45-minute visit Mr Miliband heard Sikh hymns and served food to members of the congregation and the temple’s committee before speaking to various individuals.

Jagtar Singh Gill, who was a member of the Temple’s committee when it opened in 2009 and was representing the Sikh Council UK as its administrative secretary, said he thanked Mr Miliband for the Labour Party’s role in having the law passed to allow Sikh’s to wear turbans in all workplaces.

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Mr Gill said: “For Ed to visit the temple is good news for Sikhs in Leamington and Warwick. It is a landmark and a place where equality is one of the key principles.”

The Labour leader had made the visit after he had delivered a speech at Warwick University in which he made a pledge to abolish the 200-year-old ‘non-dom tax’ if his party wins the General Election next month.

The rule means that people with non-domicile status - those who live and work in Britain but who can show they regard a foreign country as their real home - do not have to pay tax on any overseas income, only that in the UK.

This affects around £116,000 people in the UK.

In the speech Mr Miliband said: “In a world of tough, difficult, choices we just can’t allow tax avoidance to take place.

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“It all comes back to the claim that we are powerless in the face of the richest and most powerful - that it may not be fair to have a rule for them and another for everybody else but that’s just how it is.

“I just don’t buy it, because it just isn’t true, because governments can act.”

But this latest policy has been ridiculed by the Conservatives who, on the morning of the visit, highlighted a video of Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls saying that abolishing the tax could actually cost the country money.

Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary Chukka Umunna and West Midlands MEP Neena Gill joined the party’s Warwick and Leamington prospective parliamentary candidate Lynnette Kelly at machine manufacturing firm Mills CNC in Tachbrook Park on Wednesday.

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The visit was described as “a great success” and the three politicians praised the firm.

Ms Kelly said: “I was delighted to visit Mills CNC.

“Small and medium-sized enterprises are at the heart of a modern, prosperous economy and I will do my utmost if elected as MP to ensure that we grow our base of SMEs in Warwick and Leamington.

“This involves both supporting existing firms, but also attracting new ones to our local area.

“I have plans for both, including a new scheme for expanding super-fast broadband access locally, and look forward to engaging with more local firms to discuss this.”