SNP candidate Anum Qaisar-Javed becomes latest Muslim MP

Anum Qaisar-Javed

Anum Qaisar-Javed has become the latest Muslim MP in Westminster after the Scottish National Party won the Airdrie and Shotts by-election.

The 28 year old is a modern studies teacher who was a Labour activist until the independence referendum in 2014.

She won the seat with a reduced majority of 1,757 over her Labour opponent, local councillor Kenneth Stevenson. She received 10,129 votes, with Labour second on 8,372.

However, turnout was low, at just 34.3 per cent.

After her win Qaisar-Javed talked about the need for more diversity. “We talk about reasons such as a lack of role models, and it has taken till 2021, but now we have two women of colour in the Scottish Parliament,” she said.

“But I don’t just want women of colour to look at me, or people of colour, I want anyone from any minority group to be able to look at me and say ‘if she can do it, so can I’.”

She also promised she would “fight for independence.”

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“The initial priority has to be the Covid recovery, we have just gone through a pandemic, people have really struggled this last year. And as we move through the pandemic and when the time is right, then yes of course we will be looking to campaign for another independence referendum, as is the right of people of Scotland. Whatever the result is of that referendum, so be it, but that choice is of paramount importance.”

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon tweeted her “massive congratulations” after the result was announced in the early hours of the morning.

There are now 18 Muslim MPs in Parliament:

Labour Party 

Rushanara Ali – Bethnal Green & Bow

Yasmin Qureshi – Bolton South East

Shabana Mahmood – Birmingham Ladypool

Naz Shah – Bradford West

Imran Hussein – Bradford East

Khalid Mahmood – Birmingham Perry Barr

Mohammed Yasin – Bedford

Tulip Siddiq – Hampstead & Kilburn

Rupa Huq – Ealing Central & Acton

Rosena Allin-Khan – Tooting

Afzal Khan – Manchester Gorton

Apsana Begum – Poplar & Limehouse

Zarah Sultana – Coventry South

Tahir Ali – Birmingham Hall Green

Conservative Party  

Rehman Chishti – Gillingham & Rainham

Nusrat Ghani – Wealden

Saqib Bhatti – Meriden

Scottish National Party

Anum Qaisar-Javed

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