A UK religious representative organisation says it is 'concerned' that no MP's from the Sikh community for the first time since 1992.

Whilst a total of 20 Sikh candidates (six Conservative, five Labour, five UKIP, two Lib Dem, one Green and one National Liberal Party) stood to become MPs, the Sikh Council UK is concerned that not a single Sikh MP was elected in this General Election.

Sikh Council UK Spokesperson, Gurinder Singh said, “The Sikh community in the UK is one of the largest in any diaspora country.

"Sikhs are a community that is well settled in every geographic part of the UK and are well represented in every aspect of UK society other than as elected representatives.”

In the last parliament there was only one Sikh MP, Conservative Paul Uppal of Wolverhampton South West. He re-stood but lost the marginal seat to Labour.

“It is a significant concern for the Sikh community that not a single Sikh MP was elected on May 7th. This is a matter that should be of concern to all of the political parties too. The last time when there wasn’t a Sikh MP in Parliament was in 1992 and this situation is a significant step backwards,” he added.

“Most Sikhs have historically voted Labour,” he said. “This is the same as all BME communities and is likely to have been the case in this election. "However, out of all the BME communities, research shows that the Sikh and Hindu communities are moving away from the Labour Party at a slightly higher rate than other communities at successive elections with the trend likely to have continued this time too.”