10 Pakistani Origin Reaches to British Parliament 2015 – The House of Commons


Pakistani Origin British Parliamentarians 2015JNN 12 May 2015 LONDON: As results came to surface after a historic British election, ten people of Pakistani origin are now members of the House of Commons.

Former Pakistani TV actress Tasmeena Shaikh, representing the Scottish National Party, was elected as an MP with 26,620 votes, reported DawnNews.

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh OBE (born 5 October 1970) is a Scottish National Party politician, and has been Member of Parliament for Ochil and South Perthshire since May 2015. A solicitor and businessperson, and a former actress, she is the founder and chair of the Scottish Asian Women’s Association.

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh was born in Chelsea in 1970, and raised in Edinburgh. Her mother is half-Welsh and half-Czech,  and her father was a Pakistani. Her father was also the first Asian councillor elected in Scotland in 1986 for the New Town/Stockbridge ward on Lothian Regional Council, representing the Conservative Party. She is a practising Muslim and has four children. She received an OBE in the 2014 New Year Honours. She is a partner at the Glasgow law firm Hamilton Burns, specialising in commercial conveyancing and private client work, often with a family law or immigration element. She speaks English, French, Punjabi and Urdu.

Yasmin Qureshi of the Labour Party was elected with 20,520 votes from Bolton South East.

Yasmin Qureshi is a Pakistani-born British Labour Party politician and a barrister practicing criminal law. She was elected as the Member of Parliament for Bolton South East in the May 2010 general election.

Labour Party’s Naz Shah and Imran Hussain were also elected.

Na10z Shah, a 41-year-old disability rights campaigner who beat out her colourful left-wing rival nicknamed “Gorgeous George” Galloway in Bradford West, has an incredible life story of her own. She was brought up in poverty, taken to Pakistan to escape domestic abuse and then forcibly married. Shah’s mother ended up killing her abusive partner and going to jail after long suffering in silence.

Sadiq Khan of the British Labour Party was elected from Tooting with 25,263 votes.

British House of Commons has a Kashmir origin woman Nusrat Ghani. She is one of the 13 Muslim lawmakers including eight women.

Nusrat’s father Abdul Ghani served as a school master in Kashmir in the 1960s before the family migrated to UK.

Sajid Javid, is a self-made man. The son of a bus driver, he grew up attending British state schools and won a place to study economics and politics at Exeter University. 21 years ago, he became active in Britain’s Conservative Party. In 2010, Javid would be elected to the British Parliament as a member of the Conservative Party after working his way up the latter with his own hands. He is a secular Muslim who married a Christian woman and also happens to be a supporter of Israel.

Manchester’s Shabana Mehmood and Khalid Mehmood, Weldone’s Conservative candidate Nusrat Ghani, Gillingham and Rainham’s Conservative candidate Rehman Chishti and Bromsgrove’s Conservative candidate Sajid Javed were also elected.

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