I would like to send my best wishes and congratulations to nominees and finalists of the Asian Professional Awards.

The Asian Professional Awards are designed to recognise the achievement of Asian men and women across a range of different sectors. These awards are so important because they celebrate the achievements of those who make a real and positive impact on their colleagues and in their particular industries.

These awards highlight the significant contribution that British Asians make to this country, across a range of different industries – a contribution that is often overlooked. An evening where the focus is solely on celebrating the success of British Asian is an example to the younger generation of Asian men and women in this country, who sometimes lack role models. The younger generation will look at the success of the nominees and winners, and I hope that they will be able to seek inspiration.

I hope you have an enjoyable evening and I wish the Asian Professional Awards every success for the future.

—Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party