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Mehfil from Southall nominated by Virendra Sharma MP has been awarded 1st Runner Up of the Grand Final of the Tiffin Cup 2016 held in the House of Commons on Tuesday 12th July 2016. The iconic celebrity chef Ainsley Harriet joined other famous faces on the judging panel. Mehfil were presented the 1st Runner Up prize by the Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, with Saffron of Northampton South winning the competition and Hoole Indian of Chester being awarded 2nd Runner Up.

Virendra Sharma MP said:

I am delighted that Mehfil made it into the final of the Tiffin Cup 2016, and beat all but one other team to be named second best in the country. This is such a prestigious award and I was proud to be there on 12th July to cheer on Mehfil. I am sure everyone in Ealing, Southall will be proud of the success of our restaurant this year.”

The prestigious Tiffin Cup competition is held each year to find the best South Asian restaurant in the country.

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The Tiffin Cup 1st Runner Up is chosen from a list of restaurants that have been nominated by local MPs.

The best in region awards this year were as follows:

  • Best in London: Mehfil nominated by Virendra Sharma MP (Ealing Southall)
  • Best in East Anglia: Bombay Nite nominated by Dr Therese Coffey MP (Suffolk Coastal)
  • Best in South West: Koh-i-Noor nominated by Dr Philip Lee MP (Bracknell)
  • Best in Wales: Spice Tree nominated by Chris Evans MP  (Islwyn)
  • Best in West Midlands: Kings Repose nominated by Gavin Williamson MP (South Staffordshire)
  • Best in North East: Haveli nominated by Guy Opperman MP (Hexham)
  • Best in East Midlands: Saffron nominated by David Mackintosh  (Northampton South)
  • Best in North West: Hoole Indian nominated by Christian Matheson MP (City of Chester)
  • Best in Yorkshire and Humber: Cutlers Spice nominated by Louise Haigh MP (Sheffield Heeley)
  • Best in North East: Goa Exemplary nominated by Julie Elliott MP (Sunderland Central)
  • Best in South West: Raj Poot nominated by Ben Howlett MP (Bath)

Keith Vaz MP, the chair of the Tiffin Club said:

The competition was extremely close this year and just becoming one of the finalists of the Tiffin Cup 2016 is a tremendous achievement. Congratulations to Mehfil who produced a stunning dish of Punjabi Meat Masala to wow our judges to be awarded 1st Runner Up! This is a great tribute not just to the nominated restaurants but the fantastic culinary diversity in constituencies all around the UK. Well done to all of the restaurants!”

Mehfil wins 1st Runner Up of the Grand Final of the Tiffin Cup 2016

  Mehfil from Southall nominated by Virendra Sharma MP has been awarded 1st Runner Up of the Grand Final of the Tiffin Cup 2016 held in the House of Commons...

Global_Fund_.jpgEaling, Southall MP Virendra Sharma has urged the UK Government to continue its support for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Alongside former Eurythmics lead singer Annie Lennox, NAME attended the parliamentary awareness event on, TB and malaria.

Victory against the trio of deadly infections is within reach, Mr Sharma was told - though only if the UK Government shows ambitious support for the Global Fund. 

Along with leading charities and pressure groups, Mr Sharma joined other MPS in a call for the new PM Theresa May’s UK Government to pledge £1.2 billion to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and malaria– enough money to save 1.1million lives.

Virendra Sharma MP, said:

The UK must be sure it pledges to replenish the Global Fund, but at an increased rate. The UK should continue to play a role as a global leader, and demonstrate that here.”

Annie Lennox, who gave the keynote speech at the event, said:

We should be proud of the strong leadership role and dedication to global public health that the UK has shown to date. But now is the critical time to invest further in the global response against the three diseases if we are to reach the sustainable development goal targets by 2030.

 With the upcoming replenishment of the Global Fund, and amid political uncertainty, the UK government has the opportunity to demonstrate that Britain’s continued leadership and dedication to saving and improving quality of life has not waned.”

The parliamentary meeting was hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Groups on HIV, TB and malaria, respectively, and co-organised by leading NGOs and charities The ONE Campaign, STOPAIDS, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Malaria No More UK, RESULTS UK and Comic Relief.

Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Mark Dybul said:

The UK is world leader in fighting these diseases. The UK set the global standard for others to follow in helping others with its 0.7% commitment of national income to overseas development.

“It is the UK’s strong global leadership that we hope will continue and go on inspiring others as we face an important time in our history fighting these diseases.”

British adventurer and Malaria No More UK special ambassador Ash Dykes also spoke at the event:

I nearly died from malaria earlier this year on my expedition crossing Madagascar. It was a life changer. I also saw how this disease rips communities apart – with the majority of victims being young children. That’s why the Global Fund and UK leadership is so important, and it’s making a real difference - over 550 million mosquito nets have been distributed since 2002. That’s an incredible achievement.”

ONE’s UK Director (interim) Saira O’Mallie, said:

Amid the uncertainty over the UK’s position in the world following Brexit, the Government’s continued commitment to the Global Fund will offer reassurance to millions of vulnerable people - especially girls and women - that the UK remains steadfastly on their side in the battle to stop HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria.”

The Global Fund is to hold its next replenishment later this year in Canada and aims to raise the US13 billion needed to save eight million lives.

The call for the UK to join other governments in replenishing the Fund ahead of the September 16th deadline is also backed  by Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson, extreme explorer Ash Dykes and cosmetics and style blogger Tanya Burr, who has just returned from a trip to South Africa to witness how the Fund saves and changes lives.

Burr is urging her five million You Tube followers to sign a petition urging the government to back the Global Fund - https://www.one.org/us/take-action/global-fund/.

Virendra Sharma MP joins stars to back Global Fund fight against killer diseases

Ealing, Southall MP Virendra Sharma has urged the UK Government to continue its support for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Alongside former Eurythmics lead singer Annie...

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Today a letter I authored with other London Labour MPs appeared in the London Evening Standard.

The continuing reports of protests and threats aimed at MPs and their offices along with activists are very concerning. The appalling murder of Jo Cox two weeks ago means these threats have now taken on a much more sinister undertone.

There is no place for intimidation and threats of violence in our ongoing political debate, or anywhere in a democratic society. It is not right that activists and MP’s staff have been subjected to aggressive behaviour and threatening phone calls. Constituency staff provide support to constituents and should not be afraid to carry out their work. We are proud of the democratic traditions of the Labour Party, and the tolerance we have always embraced. We all condemn any use of threats or physical violence within political discourse and will not work with those that do.”

Virendra Sharma MP   Gareth Thomas MP
Andy Slaughter MP Neil Coyle MP
David Lammy MP Vicky Foxcroft MP
Jim Dowd MP Seema Malhotra MP
Wes Streeting MP Ruth Cadbury MP
Helen Hayes MP Rushanara Ali MP

 

 

 

Virendra Sharma MP letter to the Evening Standard

Today a letter I authored with other London Labour MPs appeared in the London Evening Standard. The continuing reports of protests and threats aimed at MPs and their offices along...


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