Tuesday, 28 October 2008


I would like to extend my warmest wishes to the local Hindu community on the auspicious occasion of Diwali.

The festival of light sends a message of hope and optimism that all of us, of whatever faith, can embrace enthusiastically.

Diwali is a time for us to reflect on the importance of the family, friendship and goodwill. It is a celebration of good over evil, of light over darkness, and of knowledge over ignorance. It is also a time for reflection so that we can reinforce our common and shared bonds.

The local Hindu community has contributed a huge amount to our society. I admire the Hindu commitment to the family, spirit of hard work, and devotion to the community – all of which are values that Conservatives applaud and cherish.

I believe we can be proud of Britain’s vibrant, multi-ethnic society, and of our British identity and shared values. There is far more that unites us than divides us. Today those of all faiths and none can learn from the message of Diwali.