Down to business at Downing Street as restaurant owner chats with the PM

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A Bedford businessman got the chance to talk to the Prime Minister at a Downing Street reception.

Shish Miah, who owns the Bengal Brasserie, on The Broadway, was invited to Number 10 along with about 150 guests for an Eid al-Adha celebration.

Mr Miah said: “I was delighted to be invited, it was an honor to represent Bedford and my community.

“During the reception, Mr Cameron was talking to the guests and I took the opportunity to introduce myself.

“When I mentioned I will stand in next year’s council elections, he wished me luck.”

He added: “I enjoyed the evening very much. We entered through the famous black door, handed in our phones, and went upstairs past photographs of the previous Prime Ministers.

“The reception was in a great lounge, where I met some very influential people.”

Mr Miah, who will stand in Castle Ward in the May election, was nominated to attend the reception by the Conservative Friends of Bangladesh organisation.

Other guests included business, community, youth and women’s group leaders from across the country.

The event, on Wednesday, October 8, began with drinks and canapes, followed by a speech from Mr Cameron highlighting the contribution made by British Muslims to the United Kingdom.