AN organisation founded by an East Morton man to bring people in Britain together in a spirit of harmony and pride has been praised by the Prime Minister.

Theresa May singled out the work of One Britain One Nation (OBON), which was set up by Kash Singh, a former West Yorkshire Police officer who worked in Bradford and Leeds.

A One Britain One Nation All Party Parliamentary Group has now been launched in Westminster.

The group will be working with schools to promote pride in Britain, respect, tolerance and inclusion regardless of people's background.

Distinguished guests from all over the UK attended the reception which was supported by Jacob Rees-Mogg MP and other politicians from across the country including Keighley MP John Grogan, as well as MPs Andrea Jenkyns, Andrew Rosindell and Marcus Jones.

Following the launch, Mrs May highlighted the importance of the contribution made by Mr Singh, who is now CEO of OBON.

She said: “It's absolutely right we pay tribute to those like Kash Singh who are working to promote inclusion, to promote unity in our communities and it's important that we do see that those values of respect and inclusion regardless of one’s background are ones that everybody recognises and practises.

“We've changed the law so schools have to actively promote our fundamental British values of democracy, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faith and belief, because nobody’s path through life should be affected by their background or where they came from. "It should be about how far they go, it should be how hard they work and their talents and not their background.”

Mr Singh explained: “OBON’s vision is to pull the people of our country together to create a sense of national unity and pride.

"We want to create that spirit of togetherness where everyone feels a strong and shared sense of belonging to this great nation.

"We want to draw people together as families and communities, a symbol of a united, inclusive Britain under our common and collective identity of being British.

“Over the last few years we've engaged tens of thousands of people in our cause through various campaigns.

"We now feel proud that our political leaders from all parties are both endorsing and offering their full support to ensure the vision of OBON is cascaded across the country in times when hate crime has increased by 29 per cent at a national level.

"I want to see all our people through OBON showcasing their pride, love and passion for this great country.”

Mr Singh set up OBON in 2012 after his career in the police force. The charity promotes patriotic events to unite people of all ethnic backgrounds in response to concerns over segregation and fragmentation.

Mr Singh moved to the Bradford area from Punjab with his parents at the age of six, and joined West Yorkshire Police when he was 20.

He rose to the rank of inspector and in 2006 was tasked with restoring order to the Manningham area, which had been hit by severe rioting in 2001.