Anas Sarwar

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Anas Sarwar
MP
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Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party
In office
17 December 2011 – 13 December 2014
Leader Johann Lamont
Preceded by Johann Lamont
Succeeded by Kezia Dugdale
Member of Parliament
for Glasgow Central
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2010
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
Profession Dentist
Religion Islam
Website www.anassarwar.org

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.

Early life[edit]

Anas Sarwar was born in Glasgow to Mohammed and Perveen Sarwar. He is the youngest of four siblings.

Education[edit]

Sarwar was educated at Hutchesons' Grammar School, an independent school in Glasgow, and studied Dentistry at Glasgow University. He graduated in 2005, becoming an NHS General Dental Practitioner before becoming an MP in 2010.

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 Govan Shipbuilders 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.[3] Sarwar is a vice-chair of Progress.[4]

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.[5] He was a member of Labour's Scottish Policy Forum which was responsible for drawing-up the Labour manifesto for that election.

Sarwar's attempt to enter Holyrood failed at the election when Labour lost control of the Scottish parliament for the first time.[6]

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.[5] 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.[7]

Sarwar is also Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Anti-Corruption and was a member of the Welfare Reform Bill Committee.[8]

Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party[edit]

In December 2011, Sarwar was elected Scottish Labour deputy leader receiving 51.10% of the vote.[9] As the new deputy leader, Sarwar unveiled a four-point plan to change and end factionalism within the party.[10] In 2012, he co-ordinated the Scottish Labour Party's Referendum Campaign.[11]

Following the resignation of Johann Lamont on 25 October 2014, Sarwar became the Acting Leader of the party, until a new leader is elected.

On 30 October he resigned as deputy leader at a Labour Party dinner in Glasgow.

On 5 November, Sarwar was promoted to Shadow Minister of State for International Development.[12]

Controversies[edit]

"Bedroom Tax" stance[edit]

In 2013, Sarwar took a strong line in attacking both the "Bedroom Tax" and the Scottish Government for its alleged failure to mitigate its worst effects. However, during a vote on its repeal in the House of Commons on 13 November 2013, 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.[13] It subsequently emerged that on the day of the vote, Anas Sarwar was in Pakistan, giving a speech to students at Hajvery University.[14]

Independent school[edit]

In 2014, Sarwar came under criticism for choosing to send his son to Hutchesons' Grammar School, the same exclusive independent school that he himself attended, rather than a state school. MSP John Wilson stated: "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"[15]

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External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Mohammad Sarwar
Member of Parliament for Glasgow Central
2010–present
Incumbent