Alok Sharma, Member of Parliament for Reading West, was invited to be guest speaker at a special event for the Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) Reading second anniversary.
KICC, a Pentecostal church, was first set up in London in 1992 with 300 members and now prides itself on the spirits of its multi-cultural community with its estimated 12,000 members reportedly deriving from over 46 nations. The Reading branch of KICC is based in Southcote and first opened in 2017.
Alok was invited to participate in celebrations as well as to make a speech on the theme of the event: Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) Attainment - Breaking Academic and Employment Barristers.
Alok Sharma said: “It was a pleasure to speak at the second anniversary celebrations of the KICC Reading branch. There was good discussion on the theme of breaking employment and academic barriers.”
Minister Chukwuemeka Aggrey said: “We were truly honoured to have our local Member of Parliament, Mr Alok Sharma, with us on the occasion of our 2nd anniversary at Kingsway International Christian Centre Reading. The event was a success with the MP giving a key note speech on breaking barriers in education and employment, championing equality and diversity in the workplace and highlighting the government’s efforts to increase representation from ethnic minority groups across 21 sectors where ethnic minorities are typically under represented.”
Minister Aggrey continued: “Mr Sharma also referred to his own experience as an immigrant and how diversity and equality can contribute to making the UK richer. We are very grateful to Mr Sharma for providing encouragement to our community.”