Three Bangladeshi-origin British citizens were elected members of parliament in the UK general elections on Thursday. The elected lawmakers are — Labour Party’s Rushanara Ali from Bethnal Green and Bow constituency, Tulip Rizwana Siddiq from Hampstead and Kilburn constituency and Rupa Asha Huq from the constituency of Ealing.
All three contested the polls on Labour Party tickets.
A total of 11 British citizens of Bangladeshi origin participated in the 56th parliamentary election in UK. Seven of them contested the polls on the opposition Labour Party tickets, three from the Liberal Democrats Party and one was nominated by the Conservative Party.
According to the British media, Rushnara Ali polled 32,387 or 61 per cent of votes to become a lawmaker defeating her rival, Conservative Party’s Matthew Smith who got 8,070 votes. She became the first Bangladeshi origin British citizen to be elected a member of parliament from Labour Party in 2010. She won from Bengali-dominated East London constituency of Bethnal Green and Bow in 2010.
Rushanara Ali resigned from the Labour frontbench education team in order to abstain on the Coalition government’s House of Commons motion permitting military action in Iraq on 26 September 2014. She has published articles on various political issues in British media, including The Guardian and Prospect and Progress magazines.
Rushanara Ali has also appeared on Question Time Extra, BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and Thinking Allowed. She was listed by The Guardian as one of the most powerful Muslim women in Britain. She studied philosophy, politics and economics at St John’s College, Oxford.
Tulip Rizwana Siddiq polled 23,977 or 44 per cent of the votes in her constituency to defeat Conservative Party’s Simon Marcus who polled 22,839 or 42 per cent of the votes. Tulip Siddiq is the daughter of prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s younger sister Sheikh Rehana and granddaughter of Bangladesh’s founding president Sheikh Mujibar Rahman. She was the former councillor in Regent’s Park and Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities in Camden Council. In May 2010, she became the first Bengali woman councillor in Camden Council. She became the Labour prospective parliamentary candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn constituency in the 2015 UK general election. Tulip Siddiq completed her undergraduate study in English literature at University College London and took a Master’s degree from King’s College London in September 2011, and a second Master’s degree in politics, policy and government.
Rupa Huq polled 22,002 or 43.2 per cent of votes in her constituency while her closest rival, Angie Bray from Conservative Party got 21,728 or 42.7 per cent of the votes. Rupa became the deputy mayor of the London Borough of Ealing in 2010. In November 2013, she was chosen by Labour for the Ealing Central and Acton constituency. Rupa started a teaching career in 1998, when she moved to Manchester. In 1998-2004, she was a lecturer at the University of Manchester. She also served as a senior lecturer in sociology and criminology in the faculty of arts and social sciences at Kingston University. She also teaches media and cultural studies.
Source: New Age