Pendle volunteer celebrates Eid with Prime Minister in Downing Street

A PENDLE voluntary community worker who also runs Pendle Car Centre in Nelson was invited to Number 10 Downing Street by Prime Minister Gordon Brown to take part in a reception to celebrate Eid.

Mr Shokat Malik has dedicated a great deal of time to working with Central Government on a range of community agendas in relation to preventing violent extremism and community cohesion through the Sufi Muslim Council.

The SMC is still a relatively new body set up after 7/7, but now is one of a few stakeholder partners working directly with the Department of Communities and Local Government.

Mr Malik is also a founding member of the Free Spiritual Centre, a voluntary group that aims to promote an understanding of Sufism and encourage cohesion among people, regardless of their background, in a safe and comfortable environment.

Mr Malik said: "It was a heart-warming experience to be hosted by the Prime Minister at Number 10 Downing Street and to know people from Pendle are at the forefront of bringing local experience to Central Government."

DOWNING STREET GUEST: Mr Malik in the Prime Minister's home. (S)

DOWNING STREET GUEST: Mr Malik shakes hands with with Gordon Brown. (S)