Yasmin Qureshi

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Yasmin Qureshi
Member of Parliament
for Bolton South East
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Brian Iddon
Majority 8,634 (21.8%)
Personal details
Born (1963-07-05) 5 July 1963 (age 51)
Gujrat, Pakistan
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Relations Azra Quershi (sister), Mazer Quershi (brother),Sakina Qureshi (mother), Hussain Qureshi (father), Aalaina Khan (niece)
Alma mater Polytechnic of the South Bank, University College London
Occupation Member of Parliament
Religion Islam
Website yasminqureshi.org.uk

Yasmin Qureshi (born 5 July 1963)[1] is a Pakistani-born British Labour Party politician and a barrister practicing criminal law. She was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolton South East in the May 2010 general election.[2]

Early life[edit]

Qureshi was born in Gujrat, Pakistan and moved to Britain when she was nine. Her father was an engineer and they lived in Watford.[3] She grew up the youngest of a family of three Mazer Qureshi (older brother) and Azra Qureshi (older sister). She has had a major influence on her niece Aalaina Khan. Qureshi has taught Khan that standing up for her own rights in what she needs to do to make it as a politician.

She attended the Polytechnic of the South Bank (later London South Bank University) and obtained a BA (Hons) Law degree and completed her Barrister-at-Law examinations at the Council of Legal Education. She obtained a Master of Laws at University College London.[4]

Political career[edit]

At the age of 16, Qureshi joined the Labour Party and became active in local politics.[5]

She stood, unsuccessfully, for Labour in the London constituency of Brent East in 2005.[2] She has worked as a human rights advisor to the former London mayor Ken Livingstone[2] and previously headed the criminal legal section of the UN Mission in Kosovo.[2] Qureshi previously chaired the Human Rights and Civil Liberties Working Group of the Association of Muslim Lawyers and was President of the Pakistan Club (UK).[4]

She was elected at the 2010 general election in the safe Labour seat of Bolton South East, inheriting a majority of 11,000.[6] Qureshi, Rushanara Ali and Shabana Mahmood, elected at the same time, became Britain's first female Muslim MPs. Qureshi is also the first woman to be elected as the member of parliament for Bolton South East.[2]

Qureshi is a supporter of "all-black shortlists" as a method of getting more ethnic minorities into Parliament.[7]

In May 2014, Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi claimed studies had shown that halal slaughtering can actually be significantly less painful for animals than the more widespread method of stunning. "A myth is being perpetuated that somehow kosher and halal methods, carried out as they should be, are more painful and cause more suffering to the animal, but that is incorrect," she told the House."[8] Yasmin Qureshi quoted the research from 1978 of Professor Schultz which relied on old data based off results from old stunning equipment, most of which has not been used in the meat industry for at least a decade.


  1. ^ Yasmin Qureshi Democracy Live, BBC News
  2. ^ a b c d e Adetunji, Jo; Tran, Mark (7 May 2010). "General election 2010: first female Muslim MPs elected". guarian.co.uk (Guardian News and Media). Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  3. ^ The first Asian woman MP? Evening Standard, 27 February 2004
  4. ^ a b "Yasmin Qureshi". The Telegraph. 
  5. ^ The return of the Native?: Gujrati lass gears up for UK polls Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan, 15 March 2004
  6. ^ Yasmin aiming for double first Manchester Evening News, 29 August 2007
  7. ^ "Diverse candidates bid for Westminster". BBC News. 29 April 2005. 
  8. ^ http://www.politics.co.uk/news/2014/05/14/mps-block-compulsory-halal-meat-labelling.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Brian Iddon
Member of Parliament for Bolton South East