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Last Updated: Friday, 12 September, 2003, 05:20 GMT 06:20 UK
British Sikhs form party
The Sikh community in Britain has formed a political party to defend the interests of the 700,000 Sikhs in the country.

The spokesman for the new party, Dabinderjit Singh, said the Sikh Federation (UK) would set up branches in each major town and city with a sizeable Sikh population.

Mr Singh said the party would not put up its own candidates for elections but it intended to back any party that best represented its members.

Many Sikhs in Britain criticise the government for categorising them as Indians and not recognising their identity.

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