Khalid Mahmood

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Khalid Mahmood
MP
Member of Parliament
for Birmingham Perry Barr
Incumbent
Assumed office
7 June 2001
Preceded by Jeff Rooker
Majority 11,908 (28.3%)
Personal details
Born (1961-07-13) 13 July 1961 (age 53)
Azad Kashmir, Pakistan
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater UCE Birmingham

Khalid Mahmood (born 13 July 1961) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Birmingham Perry Barr since 2001.

Political career[edit]

Mahmood is a graduate of UCE Birmingham and a former engineer with a trade union background. He was a Birmingham City Councillor from 1990–1992.

In 2001, Mahmood was selected for the Perry Barr seat by an election of local Labour party members.

Though Khalid held the seat for Labour in the 2001 election, his share of the vote fell by 16.5%,[1] much of which went to the Liberal Democrat candidate Jon Hunt, who ran on an 'anti-sleaze' ticket. Mahmood subsequently increased his share of the vote slightly at the 2005 election, though his majority fell by 805 votes. He was again elected in 2010.[2]

He has voted for the introduction of national ID cards, student top-up fees, anti-terrorism laws and he voted against investigating the Iraq war.[3]

He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Home Office Minister Tony McNulty from 10 November 2005 until 6 September 2006, when he resigned after signing a letter calling for Prime Minister Tony Blair to step down.[4] Pakistani-born Mahmood stated that he was "flabbergasted and shocked" after he learned that bin Laden was living in a city with thousands of Pakistani troops, reviving questions about alleged links between al-Qaeda and elements in Pakistan's security forces.[5]

He is also on the Advisory Council (as a Labour Political Council member) of the Henry Jackson Society.[6]

Mahmood has recently taken a stance against the decision by Birmingham College to ban students wearing veils. Mahmood told The Huffington Post UK he found the ban “difficult to believe.” “I am seriously concerned that the college has taken this approach," he said. "If there is an issue of security in identifying students for exams then there are other procedures for this. We do not have a legal ban like France so I don't know why the college would want to do this. “I see no reason why young women should not be able to practice their faith and wear what is appropriate for their religion,” Mahmood added. “It is about freedom to protect your rights. “The college should demonstrate and encourage respect of belief, colour and background. [The decision] is not an example to set to students.” [7]

UK MP expenses row[edit]

In May 2009 it was revealed, as part of a series of leaked UK MPs expense details, that Mahmood claimed for £1,350 to stay in a five-star west London hotel with his girlfriend.[8] Mahmood also claimed more than £35,000 in expenses for food over the course of his eight years as an MP.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birmingham Perry Barr 2001 Election Results". BBC News. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Birmingham City Council: General Election 2010
  3. ^ "Khalid Mahmood". theyworkforyou.com. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Blair hit by wave of resignations". BBC News. 6 September 2006. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  5. ^ Woodcock, Andrew (2 May 2011). "MP 'shocked' at bin Laden Pakistan discovery". The Independent. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Khalid Mahmood on Advisory Council of Henry Jackson Society". 
  7. ^ http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2013/09/11/Face-covering-veils-banned-at-UK-college-sparks-anger.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Man behind expenses leak revealed". BBC News. 23 May 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  9. ^ Oldham, Jeanette (24 May 2009). "Expenses lovenest of Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood". Sunday Mercury. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Jeff Rooker
Member of Parliament for Birmingham Perry Barr
2001–present
Incumbent