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May 11, 2015, 11:40 AM
Three British citizens of Bangladeshi origin were elected members of parliament in the United Kingdom general elections (7th May 2015), all on Labour party tickets.

Rushanara Ali convincingly defended her Bethnal Green and Bow seat securing 32,387 votes while her nearest contender Conservative Matthew Smith won just 8,070.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s niece Tulip Siddiq ousted the Conservatives in the Hampstead and Kilburn constituency with 23,977 votes.

Rupa Huq took the Ealing Central and Acton seat with 22,002 votes, sliding past the Conservative candidate Angie Bray who secured 21,728 votes.

Rushanara Ali was elected member of parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow in May 2010.

She moved to the UK with her family when she was 7 years old.

After going up to Oxford and worked in parliament, in a research firm and in government before becoming a lawmaker.

She took her seat in parliament in 2010 after defeating George Galloway’s Respect Party.

She was appointed Shadow Minister for Education in 2013 and before that was appointed as Shadow Minister for International Development.

Rupa Huq is from Ealing, and was born at Queen Charlotte’s in Hammersmith in 1972.

Her parents came from Bangladesh in the 1960s. In 1991, she went up to study Social and Political Sciences and Law at Cambridge University.

After Cambridge, she earned a doctorate at the University of East London, researching youth culture. She has also worked as a DJ.

In 1998, she began teaching at Manchester University and in 2004 became a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology at Kingston University.

Tulip Siddiq lives in West Hampstead with her husband Chris. Her parents were married in Kilburn forty years ago.

She was previously a local councillor and cabinet member for culture and communities in Camden council overseeing Camden’s engagement with the 2012 London Olympics, which saw the launch of three legacy schemes to encourage more physical activities.

She has previously worked on corporate social responsibility.


May 11, 2015, 11:43 AM
:applause: Congratz to all of them :applause:

British Bangladeshi's have advanced so much, and are always advancing. Alhamdulilah.

Always, happy to see a fellow ethnic background people do well in UK.

Long may the success continues...

May 11, 2015, 11:48 AM
New British MP Tulip Siddiq says she learned politics from aunt Sheikh Hasina

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After announcement of the results for the Hampstead and Kilburn constituency in the early hours of Friday, she told Bangla-speaking journalists: “Today I remember my aunt the most as she has taught me the most.

“I learned everything about politics from her – social justice, how to campaign and how to reach out to the people,” the Labour Party MP added.

Siddiq, granddaughter of Bangladesh’s independence architect Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, said she would work ‘for all’ irrespective of their races.

She also expressed gratitude to her parents Shafiq Siddiq and Sheikh Rehana and husband Chris Percy for their help during election.

“My parents have extended immense support. It’s not possible for anyone to contest (election) without the support from family and husband,” she said.
Siddiq, 32, won the polls by 1,138 votes. She drew 23,977 votes while her nearest rival from the Conservative party got 22,839.

Asked for her reaction, she said: “Actually I can’t still believe (that I’ve won the polls). I campaigned for the last two years.

“I’ve been elected MP from my own area. Now I’m an MP of myself too.”

“I’m still surprised. People’s blessings and help led to this victory,” she added.

Siddiq declined comments on the defeat of the Labour Party until full results of the elections were out.

She also spoke about two other British-Bangladeshi Labour candidates Rupa Huq and Rushanara Ali who won as well.

“We support each other... Now we three are in parliament. If we can work together, many things can be done for our community.”

Siddiq said Bengali community would lag behind others if they squabbled among themselves and indulged in negative campaign against one another.

“I was shocked to find that some people were carrying out negative campaign against me. They lied about my family,” she said.

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May 11, 2015, 11:53 AM
Three British-Bangladeshis -- including Tulip Siddiq, granddaughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman -- have made it to the House of Commons in the UK general election with Labour Party tickets.

Apart from Tulip, Rushanara Ali and Rupa Huq have also been elected MPs defeating their Tory rivals.

This is the first time the centuries-old British parliament will have three lawmakers with roots in Bangladesh.

Though their party put up a dismal show in Thursday's election which saw a bloodbath of party heavyweights and resignation of Labour leader Ed Miliband, Tulip and Rushanara sailed through quite comfortably. Rupa, however, faced a very tight competition from the Conservatives' candidate.

David Cameron stays at the 10 Downing Street for a second term after the much-hyped elections that came up with many surprises, including a single majority victory for the Conservatives.


Eldest daughter of Sheikh Rehana and niece of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Tulip won Hampstead and Kilburn seat defeating Conservatives' Simon Marcus.

She polled 23,977 votes while Marcus bagged 22,839.

Talking to the Bangladeshi reporters in the early hours yesterday, Tulip recalled how indebted she was to her aunt Sheikh Hasina.

"She [Hasina] has taught me how to conduct the electoral campaigns and how to take care of people," she said, thanking her family members and the media for her victory.

One of the first calls she had made to inform of her win was to Hasina, she said.

Referring to the wins of Rushanara and Rupa, Tulip said: "If we [the three MPs] can work together, we can do something better for our community [in the UK]."

Living in West Hampstead with her husband Chris Percy, Tulip has been an active campaigner since she was 16, fighting to save local hospitals, fire stations and post offices.

She has previously been a local councillor and cabinet member for culture and communities in Camden Council. She also oversaw Camden's engagement with the 2012 London Olympics, which saw the launch of three legacy schemes to encourage more physical activities -- Camden Sports Academy, School and Community Games, and Pro-Active Ambassadors.

Prior to becoming Labour's candidate there, Tulip most recently worked for Brunswick Group LLP in corporate social responsibility, working with major British manufacturers and transport companies to strengthen their use of apprenticeship schemes and build on links with local communities and schools.


Rushanara Ali has won her second spell in the British parliament from the Bethnal Green & Bow seat with a massive 24,317-vote lead over her Conservatives contender.

She was the first British-Bangladeshi to sit in the House of Commons after beating George Galloway in 2010 election in the same constituency with a majority of 11,574 votes.

On Thursday, Rushanara secured an even more comprehensive win to retain her seat.

She got 32,387 votes, defeating Conservative's Matt Smith, who managed to poll 8,070 votes.

In her victory speech, Rushanara said: "I'm a campaigning politician … The last five years in opposition has been incredibly difficult but one of the highlights has been working with local residents on issues that matter to them like the National Health Service."

Calling upon the volunteers, Labour activists, Labour councillors and assembly members, she said: "We will have to work together and stay united against what is going to be a very difficult period ahead."

Rushanara's parents moved to the UK from Bangladesh when she was only seven.

Following her schooling, she got herself a place at Oxford University and jobs in the UK parliament, the Institute for Public Policy and Research, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Home Office before becoming an MP.

In October 2013, she was made the shadow minister for education in the Labour reshuffle. Previously, Rushanara was appointed at the Labour frontbench as the shadow minister for international development.


Another British citizen of Bangladeshi origin, Rupa won Ealing Central and Acton seat against sitting MP Angie Bray of the Conservatives.

Labour's Rupa won the seat with a meagre 274-vote margin. She bagged 22,002 votes while her rival Angie Bray got 21,728.

Born in London's Hammersmith area in 1972, Rupa studied Social and Political Sciences and Law at Cambridge University. Her parents came to the UK from Bangladesh in the 1960s.

She joined the Labour Party, working on a successful campaign to win Cambridge for Labour in 1992.

After Cambridge, she earned her doctorate at the University of East London. She researched youth culture, and how young people use pop music to express themselves.

Rupa has published three books in this field as well as writing articles for the Guardian. She did some of her research in northern France, and kept in touch with politics by working at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

In 1998, she started teaching at Manchester University, and in 2004 became a senior lecturer of Sociology and Criminology at Kingston University.


President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday congratulated Tulip Siddiq, Rushanara Ali and Rupa Huq for their wins in the UK parliamentary polls.

The president and the premier in their messages said the victory of the three Bangladeshi-Britons has brightened the image of Bangladeshi expatriates in the UK.

PM's Special Assistant Mahbubul Hoque Shakil and president's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim conveyed the messages.

Karim said President Hamid wished success for them in discharging their responsibilities as members of parliament.

The prime minister expressed her deep gratitude to those who worked hard for the victory of the three, particularly of Tulip, daughter of her younger sister Sheikh Rehana.


May 11, 2015, 11:56 AM
Rushanara Ali, the Labour Party’s parliamentary candidate for Bethal Green and Bow, has been selected as the constituency’s member of parliament.

She won with 32,387 votes, and said she had enjoyed the campaign.

“I’m a campaigning politician,” she said. “The last five years in opposition has been incredibly difficult but one of the highlights has beenn working with local residents on issues that matter to them like the NHS.

“To our volunteers, Labour activists, our Labour councillors and assembly member John Biggs thank you for your extraordinary efforts here in London.

“We will have to work together and stay united against what is going to be a very difficult period ahead.

“I have fought so hard for a Labour government which the east end desperately needs.”

Ali faced competition from 10 other political parties, who finished as follows:

In second place was Matt Smith, for the Conservative Party with 8,070 votes.

Third was the Green Party’s Alistair Polson with 4,906.

Paula McQueen for UK Independence Party came fourth with 3,219.

In at fifth was Liberal Democrat Tina Lashmore with 2,395.

In sixth was Glyn Robbins of Left Unity – Trade Unionists and Socialists with 949.

Seventh was M Rowshan Ali of the Communities United Party with 356.

In eighth was Jonathan Berry of Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol with 303.

In ninth was Alasdair Iain Henderson of the Whig Party with 203.

In tenth was Elliot Ball of 30-50 Coalition with 78.

And last was Jason Andrew Pavlou of Red Flag Anti-Corruption with 58.

The election saw 64.29 per cent voters turn out to decide who would be selected as MP for Bethnal Green and Bow.


May 12, 2015, 03:43 AM
When Sheikh Mujib became a Pakistani MP , Pakistan got divided.

Coincidentally, her daughter Tulip Siddiq becomes an MP at a time when Scotland might leave the UK!

May 12, 2015, 03:55 AM
Terrific effort from these 3 in particular from Tulip and Rupa where they won in marginal areas against strong Tory backed candidates.

May 13, 2015, 03:50 PM
Tulip er jamaiyer naam Chris ? Ki???

May 13, 2015, 03:50 PM
Eto Sylethi thaktey 3ta matro MP hoisey, eta ashchorjor ki ?

May 18, 2015, 04:11 AM
Tulip er jamaiyer naam Chris ? Ki???

Christian William St John Percy
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulip_Siddiq

Hasina's younger generations and off shoots mostly marrying whites.

May 24, 2015, 08:39 AM
Eto Sylethi thaktey 3ta matro MP hoisey, eta ashchorjor ki ?

I wonder if this is something to do having political aspiration and also, fitting in within that middle ground of politics? The ousting of former Tower Hamlet's Major Lutfur Rahman by a disciplinary tribunal has cast a sour shadow upon the East London Bangladeshi community dominated by those of Sylheti extraction. Perhaps, these three would be helping to reassure the general public that a vote for a British Bangladeshi is not such a bad thing.

The present parliament has 13 Muslim MPs. There had long been a crossparty 'Friends of Israel' group in the UK parliament, perhaps we could hope to see a 'Friends of Palestine' group?