Anas Sarwar

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Anas Sarwar
Deputy Leader of the Scottish
Labour Party
Assumed office
17 December 2011
Leader Johann Lamont
Preceded by Johann Lamont
Member of Parliament
for Glasgow Central
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Mohammad Sarwar
Majority 10,551 (34.5%)
Personal details
Born (1983-03-14) 14 March 1983 (age 31)
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland[1]
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Furheen Ashrif, since 2006
Children two sons
Alma mater University of Glasgow

Anas Sarwar, MP (born 14 March 1983)[2] is a British Labour Party politician and has been the Member of Parliament for Glasgow Central since 6 May 2010, succeeding his father Mohammad Sarwar, the first-ever Muslim MP in the UK.

He is the deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party, and the chief coordinator of Labour's 2014 Scottish referendum campaign.[3]

Early life[edit]

Anas Sarwar was born in Glasgow to Pakistani parents, he is the youngest of four siblings.

Sarwar went to the private Hutchesons' Grammar School[4] and studied Dentistry at Glasgow University. He graduated in 2005 becoming an NHS General Dental Practitioner before becoming an MP in 2010.

Sarwar lives in Glasgow with his wife, Furheen, also a dentist, and two children.

Political career[edit]

Sarwar has been a member of the Scottish Labour Party since the age of 16 and was previously part of the team which campaigned successfully to save the Govan shipyard in 1999, collecting more than 80,000 signatures. Sarwar was an executive member of Scottish Young Labour, and joined the Co-operative Party, the Fabian Society and the trade unions Unite and Community.[5] Sarwar is a vice-chair of Progress.[6]

Scottish Parliament election, 2007[edit]

For the 2007 Scottish Parliament elections Sarwar was selected to stand as the number one regional list candidate for the Glasgow region.[7] He was a member of Labour's Scottish Policy Forum which was responsible for drawing-up the Labour manifesto for that election.

His attempt to enter Holyrood failed at the election when Labour lost control of the Scottish parliament for the first time.[8]

In February 2009 Sarwar won The Sun's "Best New Scottish Politician" award.[9]

Member of Parliament[edit]

In 2010 Sarwar was elected to represent the Westminster constituency of Glasgow Central on 6 May 2010, increasing the previously held majority.[7]

He was later elected by his colleagues to serve on the International Development Select Committee. His parliamentary interests include foreign policy and international development. His specific areas of concern are Palestine and Kashmir.[10]

He is also Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Anti-Corruption and was a member of the Welfare Reform Bill Committee.[11]

Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party[edit]

In December 2011 he was elected Scottish Labour deputy leader in 2011 receiving 51.10% of the vote.[12]

As the new deputy leader, he unveiled a four-point plan to change and end factionalism within the party.[13]

Anas will co-ordinate the Scottish Labour Party's Referendum Campaign.[14]


"Bedroom Tax" stance[edit]

In 2013, Sarwar took a very strong line in attacking both the "Bedroom Tax" and the Scottish Government for its alleged failure to mitigate its worst effects, but, during the vote on its repeal, Sarwar along with 45 other Labour MPs abstained, with the vote being lost by 252 to 226 – fewer than the number of Labour MPs who had failed to vote.[15] Scottish Labour now have a bill at the Scottish Parliament urging the Scottish Government to use their existing powers to end the effects of the "Bedroom Tax" in Scotland.

Private schools[edit]

In 2014, Sarwar came under criticism for choosing to send his son to a private school rather than a state school with MSP John Wilson stating: "Anas Sarwar once again highlights the hypocrisy of the Labour Party – talking of social justice and defending public services while sending his own child to a private school"[16]


  1. ^ "Who's Who". Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Anas Sarwar MP". Democracy Live (BBC News). Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
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  4. ^ Glasgow Region Labour Party candidates Scottish Politics
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  6. ^ "Chair and Vice-chairs". Progress. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Biography " Anas Sarwar MP | Working Hard for Glasgow Central". Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  8. ^ Peterkin, Tom (18 December 2011). "Anas Sarwar is the brightest of the bright young things – Politics". Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Scottish Variety Awards – It's such an honour that Jade chose my song The Scottish Sun, 23 February 2009
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  11. ^ "Anas Sarwar". Scottish Labour. 20 February 2009. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Johann Lamont named new Scottish Labour leader". BBC News. 17 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "I will end factionalism in party, vows new Scottish Labour deputy leader Anas Sarwar". The Daily Record. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
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  15. ^ Scots Labour MPs slammed after almost a quarter fail to vote against bedroom tax policy in motion put forward by their own party], 14 November 2013
  16. ^ Labour's deputy leader under fire for sending son to Glasgow private school, 26 January 2014

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Mohammad Sarwar
Member of Parliament for Glasgow Central