STANWAY and Witham MP Priti Patel has been named the Prime Minister’s champion in promoting links with British Indians.

Ms Patel joined David Cameron on a visit to India last week in a bid to strengthen trade between the countries.

She has been given a non-titled role to increase links between the Government and the Indian community. She said: “The Prime Minister has made it his personal mission to strengthen the bond between the UK and India and I am delighted to support him on forging a closer relationship between our countries.

“We are already bound together by many common bonds – economic, social and cultural. British Asians contribute hugely to our country and enrich our communities, which is why it is a privilege to have been appointed to a role which will enhance the special relationship between our countries.”

The PM, who was on his second visit to India this year, also announced plans to open a British business centre in Mumbai, adding to centres in Delhi and Bangalore.

These centres provide support for British businesses wanting to start doing business in India.