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Published 18/04/2015

Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha during a visit to the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara in Gravesend
Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha during a visit to the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara in Gravesend
Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha visiting the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara in Gravesend, Kent

David Cameron and wife Samantha have made a colourful visit to a Sikh temple to mark the Vaisakhi festival.

The Prime Minister, wearing a traditional orange patka, and Mrs Cameron, in a blue headscarf, chatted with the faithful and posed for selfies at the Gravesend Gurdwara in Kent.

After briefly joining thousands of people in a parade carrying the Sikh holy book to the temple, Mr Cameron was due to deliver a speech in the main hall.

However, as he was about to arrive a senior priest apparently objected to prayers being interrupted, and there were some heated scenes before the address was moved to a side room.

The Tory leader told the audience the Vaisakhi festival was a "big, bold" sign of their devotion.

"I wanted to make sure Downing Street was part of this too, and I'm proud to be the first Prime Minister to host a Vaisakhi reception at Number 10," he said.

"And I'll tell you what - if I'm back there as Prime Minister, I'll keep bringing the community, the colour and the celebrations there, again and again.

"And I'm sure my children will carry on stealing the jalebi (sweets) too!"

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