Faisal Rashid

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Faisal Rashid
Official portrait of Faisal Rashid crop 2.jpg
Official Parliamentary portrait, June 2017
Member of Parliament
for Warrington South
In office
8 June 2017 – 6 November 2019
Preceded byDavid Mowat
Succeeded byAndy Carter
Mayor of Warrington
In office
2016–2017
Preceded byGeoff Settle[1]
Succeeded byLes Morgan[2]
Personal details
Born (1972-09-06) 6 September 1972 (age 47)[3]
Political partyLabour

Mian Faisal Rashid[4] (born 6 September 1972) is a British Labour Party politician. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Warrington South,[5] and was first elected at the 2017 general election[6] before losing the seat at the 2019 general election.

Early life[edit]

Rashid was educated at the National College of Business Administration and Economics in Lahore.[7] He has worked as a manager at HBOS and NatWest Bank.

He was the Mayor of Warrington in 2016.[8]

Parliamentary career[edit]

In May 2018, Rashid apologised over a tweet which critics suggested was encouraging voters to vote more than once. Rashid said the well-known and jocular phrase "vote early, vote often, vote Labour", was sent by a member of staff.[9]

In October 2018, it was reported that Rashid had been on five overseas trips, worth almost £10,000 in total, since his election. The trips were to Azad Kashmir, China, Germany, Qatar and the West Bank and Israel and the cost met by NGOs, companies or overseas governments. Rashid responded that "These trips are largely educational in purpose. The opportunity to meet with individuals on the ground provides invaluable opportunities for learning and understanding. On occasions, the trips have also focused on enabling MPs to support British businesses abroad and on advancing bilateral relations. These are key aspects of a member of Parliament’s role, especially as the UK looks to redefine its position in the world post-Brexit."[10] Rashid sits on the Parliamentary International Trade Select Committee and the Committees on Arms Export Controls.[11]

In June 2019, Rashid urged Warrington Borough Council to declare a climate emergency.[12]

Rashid supports a second referendum on Britain's EU membership and would campaign for Remain.[13]

Rashid lost his seat at the 2019 general election to the Conservatives.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shaw, Robert. "The Mayor's role and history". www.warrington.gov.uk. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  2. ^ Council, Warrington Borough. "Mayor of Warrington – Warrington Borough Council". www.warrington.gov.uk. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Members' Names Data Platform query". UK Parliament. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  4. ^ "No. 61961". The London Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 11785.
  5. ^ Parliament UK
  6. ^ Coles, Amy (9 June 2017). "Labour gain stronghold in Warrington as Faisal Rashid snatches Tory seat". liverpoolecho.co.uk. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Rashid, Faisal". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. 2018 (February 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 14 February 2018. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  8. ^ "First Muslim Mayor for Warrington". Warrington Worldwide. 23 May 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  9. ^ Skentelbery, Gary (7 October 2019). "MP apologises over "vote early, vote often, vote Labour" tweet". Warrington Worldwide. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  10. ^ "MP Faisal Rashid's £10k worth of free trips include Qatar and China". Warrington Guardian. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  11. ^ "Faisal Rashid MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Council will not declare climate emergency despite pleas from MPs". Warrington Guardian. 6 June 2019. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  13. ^ "Faisal Rashid would back Remain in second EU vote – but Helen Jones is silent". Warrington Guardian. 15 July 2019. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  14. ^ "Warrington South parliamentary constituency - Election 2019". Retrieved 13 December 2019.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Mowat
Member of Parliament for
Warrington South

20172019
Succeeded by
Andy Carter