Shabana Mahmood

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Shabana Mahmood
Member of Parliament
for Birmingham Ladywood
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Clare Short
Majority 10,105 (28.2%)
Personal details
Born (1980-09-17) 17 September 1980 (age 33)
Small Heath, West Midlands, England[1]
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater Lincoln College, Oxford
Religion Islam

Shabana Mahmood (17 September 1980)[2] is a British Labour Party politician and barrister,[3][4] who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Birmingham, Ladywood since the May 2010 general election.[5]

Early life[edit]

Mahmood was born and raised in Birmingham[3][4] and is the daughter of the Birmingham Labour Party's chairman.[3] Her family roots are from Mirpur, Azad Kashmir as stated on her own personal webpage.[6] She graduated from Lincoln College, Oxford, where she studied law and was the president of the Junior Common Room.[7]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Mahmood, Rushanara Ali and Yasmin Qureshi, elected at the same time, are the United Kingdom's first female Muslim MPs.[3]

She supported a revocation of the ban on the wearing of niqabs at Birmingham Metropolitan College.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Who's Who". Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "About Shabana Mahmood". 
  3. ^ a b c d Adetunji, Jo; Tran, Mark (7 May 2010). "General election 2010: first female Muslim MPs elected". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Shabana Mahmood MP". Retrieved 7 May 2010.  Retrieved 7 December 2011
  5. ^ General Election 2010 Birmingham City Council
  6. ^ "Shabana Mahmood MP speaks out against human rights abuses in Kashmir | Shabana Mahmood MP Getting things done in Aston, Ladywood, Nechells and Soho". Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Feisty Asians in UK poll fray". Kolkata Telegraph. 7 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Hallam, Katy (11 September 2013). "Birmingham MP attacks city college veil ban". Birmingham Mail (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Hallam, Katy (12 September 2013). "Birmingham Metropolitan College drops controversial Muslim face veil ban". Birmingham Mail (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 24 January 2014. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Clare Short
Member of Parliament for Birmingham, Ladywood