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Tribute to Lord Tarsem King of West Bromwich 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 4th February, 2013 Committee Room 14, House of Commons

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on January 26, 2013

Tribute to Lord Tarsem King of West Bromwich

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 4th February, 2013

Committee Room 14, House of Commons

Hosted by Mr Virendra Sharma MP

 

Lord Tarsem King of West Bromwich passed away on January 9th, 2013 at age 75. He collapsed while returning from Parliament to his home in Birmingham and passed away in hospital the next day. Lord King was the first from the Sikh community to be raised to the Peerage. He was a hard working peer whose Parliament attendance record was almost perfect despite his age in addition to continuing some of his local responsibilities.

He was the Patron of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – UK and a member of the Universal Peace Federation International’s Presiding Council. Lord King supported many worthwhile campaigns and projects with numerous groups including UPF.

He had an innate sense of fairness and decency that informed his decisions to support the human rights of women, persecuted groups and disadvantaged minorities. He hosted the UN International Women’s Day annually for several years and commemorated Human Rights Day, Africa Day, as well as sponsoring numerous human rights conferences often with the support of the UPF – UK and the Women’s Federation for World Peace – UK. Lord King demonstrated a wisdom and enthusiasm for the importance of the family, for example, to counter the influence of gangs. He expressed this wisdom in the regular UN International Family Day events he held. He hosted several conferences that highlighted issues of violence, both domestic and sexual, against women. He commented on the unfairness of the decision not to allow women Bishops in the Anglican Church of England in a recent meeting.

The complete tribute from the UPF is available from this link

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