|Deputy Leader of the Scottish
17 December 2011
|Preceded by||Johann Lamont|
|Member of Parliament
for Glasgow Central
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Mohammad Sarwar|
14 March 1983 |
|Spouse(s)||Furheen Ashrif, since 2006|
|Alma mater||University of Glasgow|
Anas Sarwar MP (born 14 March 1983) is a British Labour Party politician and has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Glasgow Central since 6 May 2010, succeeding his father Mohammad Sarwar, the first ever Muslim MP in the UK.
Born and brought up in Glasgow, Sarwar is the youngest of four siblings.
Sarwar lives in Glasgow with his wife, Furheen, also a dentist, and two children.
Sarwar has been a member of the Scottish Labour Party since the age of 16 and was previously part of the team which campaigned to successfully save the Govan shipyard 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. Sarwar is a vice-chair of Progress.
Scottish Parliament election, 2007
For the 2007 Scottish Parliament elections Sarwar was selected to stand as the number one regional list candidate for the Glasgow region. He was a member of Labour's Scottish Policy Forum which was responsible for drawing-up the Labour manifesto for that election.
His attempt to enter Holyrood failed at the election when Labour lost control of the Scottish parliament for the first time.
Member of Parliament
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.
Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party
As the new deputy leader, he unveiled a four point plan to change and end factionalism within the party.
Over Bedroom Tax stance
In 2013, Anas took a very strong line in attacking both the Bedroom Tax and the Scottish Government for failing to mitigate its worst effect, but when presented with an opportunity to vote for its repeal, Anas along with 45 other Labour MPs failed to vote, with the vote being lost by 252 to 226 - less than the number of Labour MPs who failed to vote. This was dues to the 'pairing' system, allowing Labour to allow Lib Dems to vote outside the whip, and this allowed a close vote reducing the Government majority and coming close to defeating the bedroom tax. Scottish Labour now have a bill at the Scottish Parliament urging the Scottish Government to use their exixting powers to end the effects of the tax in Scotland.
Over private schools
In 2014, Anas came under criticism for choosing to send his son to a private school rather than a state school with MSP John Wilson stating: "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"
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- Glasgow Region Labour Party candidates Scottish Politics
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- http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/scots-labour-mps-slammed-after-2789769 Scots Labour MPs slammed after almost a quarter fail to vote against bedroom tax policy in motion put forward by their own party] dailyrecord.co.uk, 14 November 2013
- Labour's deputy leader under fire for sending son to Glasgow private school www.heraldscotland.com, 26 January 2014
- I'll be your MP at 27, Claire Brooks, The Scottish Sun, 18 February 2009
- MP Mohammad Sarwar's son Anas' plea for help over Gaza, Daily Record, 21 April 2008
- Son could replace retiring MP Sarwar, The Herald, 23 June 2007
- Election shows politics runs in the family, The Herald, 1 May 2007
- Biography, Sarwar 4 Glasgow
- Official website
- Party website
- Parliamentary website
- Video interview after winning his seat in 2010 at Catch21
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Glasgow Central