Lord Patel of Blackburn obituary

11 June 2019 02:31
Businessman, Labour politician and pioneer in the field of community relationsLike so many other young men of his generation, Adam Patel left India in 1965 seeking business qualifications in the UK and headed for Blackburn, Lancashire, because of its long established connections with textile manufacturing in his home state of Gujarat.He was encouraged by a temporary boom in the Lancashire textile industry, which meant that he could finance his studies at Blackburn College by working in a cotton mill, with the intention of returning home to practise accountancy. Instead he remained to become a leading businessman, a pioneer in the development of successful community relations and a hugely respected character in the political and commercial life of what became his adopted home town. Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian