Rehman Chishti

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Rehman Chishti
Member of Parliament
for Gillingham and Rainham
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Paul Clark
Majority 8,680 (18.6%)
Personal details
Born (1978-10-04) 4 October 1978 (age 35)
Muzaffarabad, Pakistan
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Aberystwyth University
Committees Joint Committee on Human Rights, Joint Committee on the Defamation Bill

Rehman Chishti رحمن چشتی (born 4 October 1978)[1] is a British Conservative politician who was elected MP for Gillingham and Rainham in the 2010 general election.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Born in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan,[4][5] Chishti studied law at Aberystwyth University, graduating in 2000.[6]

Legal career[edit]

After completing his Bar exams at the Inns of Court School of Law, passing the exam in August 2001, Chisti was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in the same year.

Working briefly as a paralegal for a solicitors' firm in Kent, he then secured pupillage in 2002 at Goldsmith Chambers in London after which he was invited to stay to become a tenant.[7]

He worked as an advisor to Pakistani Prime Minister, while in self-imposed exile, Benazir Bhutto (1999–2007),[8] and to Conservative MP Francis Maude (2006–07).[8]

Political career[edit]

Chishti has been a member of Medway Council since 2003, serving as the Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Enforcement, 2007-10.

In the 2005 general election Chishti unsuccessfully contested the Horsham constituency, where he stood as the Labour Party candidate. He switched to the Conservative Party in 2006.[9]


  1. ^ "Rehman Chishti MP". Democracy Live. BBC News. 5 June 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Rehman Chishti - MP for Gillingham and Rainham Rehman Chishti
  3. ^ Rehman Chishti takes Gillingham and Rainham Kent News, 7 May 2010
  4. ^ 20 under 40: Rehman Chishti New Statesman, 20 September 2011
  5. ^ British Pakistani parliamentarians vital in promoting bilateral ties: Zardari Pakistan Today, 12 April 2012
  6. ^ Aberystwyth alumni MPs Wales Online, 22 May 2010
  7. ^ Aberystwyth at Westminster - Aberystwyth University congratulates newly elected MPs Aberystwyth University, 19 May 2010
  8. ^ a b The Tory boy plotting Benazir’s ‘revolution’... from Gillingham Mail Online, 11 November 2007
  9. ^ Ex-Labour election candidate defects to Tories Kent Online, 15 March 2006

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Paul Clark
Member of Parliament for Gillingham and Rainham