Conservative Muslim Forum North West held a dinner at Sachas Hotel in Manchester during the Conservative Party Conference. The Chief Guest was Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
Other attendees included His Excellency Wajid Shamsul Hasan, High Commissioner for Pakistan, Alistair Burt MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Andrew Stephenson MP, Paul Griffiths MP, Sajid Javid MP and Sajjad Karim MEP.
In his speech Eric Pickles talked about the Conservative Party being an inclusive Party and also talked about the role that the Muslim community has played in the advancement and wellbeing of the country. He further said that the United Kingdom is a cohesive society and it is important that all the communities live in harmony.
Lord Sheikh initially talked about his connection with Manchester, followed by the economic situation of the country, the need to take remedial action, NHS reforms, Conservative policy on education and international aid. He also mentioned that the Conservative Muslim Forum was a robust organisation with a large membership. It is an active organisation with distinct objectives.
He also thanked the Conservative Muslim Forum North West branch for organising the event which was attended by over 700 persons. Lord Sheikh also gave interviews to the media and the event was widely covered by newspapers and television channels.