Senior ECR MEP Nirj Deva has received the GG2 Editor’s Award for his outstanding contribution to British and ethnic minority communities in his 25 years of public service.
Mr Deva was presented the award last night at the GG2 Leadership Awards an annual event that aims to highlight and showcase ethnic talent and leadership in the UK. Presented the by the Editor-in-Chief of Asian Media Group, the Editor’s Award recognises his lifelong public service and relentless campaigning.
A hugely respected figure in the South Asian community, Mr Deva has broken barriers throughout his career and spoken on issues close to his heart. He was the first non-white Conservative to be elected to the House of Commons in post-war Britain before becoming the first Asian born Member of the European Parliament. As an MEP he works tirelessly on issues from human rights and trade to international development and humanitarian affairs.
He was born in Sri Lanka to a business and political family. His grandfather was a Senator in Sri Lanka’s first Independent Parliament and a prominent businessman. He came to Britain to study aeronautical engineering and has never looked back since combining his roles in business and politics.
Mr Deva said: “I am honoured and humbled to receive this award. It is a true privilege to count myself an active member of this community, which has always given me so much, which has inspired, supported and driven me. I will continue to try to pay back this enormous debt of gratitude that I owe and to promote the very best of Britain.”