Yasmin Qureshi, first British Pakistani woman MP?


by Sunny
27th August, 2007 at 5:43 pm    

The TMP blog points out that prospective parliamentary candidate (PPC) Yasmin Qureshi has been selected to represent Labour in Bolton South East at the next General Election. It is a safe seat with a Labour majority of 12,652 at the last election, and so she has a good chance of being the party’s first British Pakistani woman Member of Parliament. So far Yasmin and Rushanara Ali are running to be the first Asian / Muslim woman MP for the party.

I think it’s fair to say that while the efforts of Labour and Conservatives are not enough, but going some way in re-addressing the gross gender inequality, within the parties, the Liberal Democrats have done nothing. Nada. Zilch. It’s embarassing if it wasn’t for the fact their leadership itself is embarassing. James Graham wrote a good blog for LibDemvoice a few weeks ago to highlight this and it’s worth reading.


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  1. maz — on 27th August, 2007 at 5:50 pm  

    I think you need to change the headline to first British Pakistan ‘woman’ MP

  2. Sunny — on 27th August, 2007 at 6:05 pm  

    Ahh, yes. Changed it now, cheers

  3. Nyrone — on 27th August, 2007 at 9:32 pm  

    What has happened to the Lib Dems? It’s been like one long, bad dream for the past few years…have they lost their voice or what?

  4. lithcol — on 27th August, 2007 at 11:43 pm  

    Sunny,

    The site you refer to says “If elected she will become Britain’s first female, Pakistani MP.”
    Question, Do we have any prospective UKMP’s in Pakistan of either sex.

    Will she represent Pakistani interests or will she represent the interests of her UK constituents.

    Joking aside. From what I have read about her she would if elected be a first rate MP irrespective of her gender, religion or ethnic origins. She is of course British and proud to be.

  5. The Common Humanist — on 28th August, 2007 at 9:14 am  

    Good for her! Great news for Labour!

    So how many death threats from right wing islamists will she receive a year?

    And if she chooses to wear a headscarfe will the right wing tabloids declare open season on her?

    I suspect the answers – many (and thats many too many)
    and a big yes – tossers the lot of them.

    TCH

  6. raz — on 29th August, 2007 at 12:14 am  

    Incidentally 22% of MPs in Pakistan’s parliament are female, higher than the UK.

  7. Sunny — on 29th August, 2007 at 1:22 am  

    So how many death threats from right wing islamists will she receive a year?

    Heh, I think you may be exaggerating slightly TCH. Sayeeda Warsi hasn’t received any and neither has Rushnara Ali, although both have had people “suggesting” that a visible Muslim woman should wear one. But they didn’t get where they have by listening to so-called community leaders.

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