Mohamed Sheikh, Baron Sheikh

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The Lord Sheikh
Official portrait of Lord Sheikh crop 2, 2019.jpg
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
27 June 2006
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born13 June 1941
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Guli[1]
Websitewww.lordsheikh.com

Mohamed Iltaf Sheikh, Baron Sheikh (born 13 June 1941) is a British politician. He was formerly an insurance broker and underwriter.

Early life and professional career[edit]

Sheikh was born in Kenya and raised in Uganda.

He is the Chairman of companies relating to Property and other businesses. He used to be the Chairman and Chief Executive of an Insurance organisation which was awarded 12 major awards over a period of three years and this has not been achieved by any other organisation.

For a period of 12 years Lord Sheikh was a visiting lecturer at various colleges and polytechnics and in addition to lecturing he has also written educational material. He has written extensively on insurance subjects in various publications and he speaks at numerous meetings and conferences on business as well as leadership matters.

He has been described as a businessman, academic, philanthropist and writer.

Barony[edit]

Lord Sheikh was appointed a life peer in 2006 after he was nominated by Michael Howard MP, then Leader of the Conservative Party. The life barony conferred upon Mohamed Iltaf Sheikh was gazetted on 6 June 2006 by the name, style and title of Baron Sheikh, of Cornhill in the City of London.[2]

He is an active Peer and speaks regularly in the House of Lords on a variety of subjects.  He has travelled extensively overseas and visited a number of countries and at present works towards expanding trade between the United Kingdom and overseas countries. 

He has founded and Co-Chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Islamic and Ethical Finance in British Parliament. It is a robust body and receives support from British Parliamentarians from all the political parties. He is actively involved in promoting Islamic and Ethical finance in UK and in overseas countries.

He is co-chair of the APPG on Turkey and the Prevention of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity. He is also a vice-chair of the APPGs on Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.

Conservative Party[edit]

Lord Sheikh first joined the Conservative Party in 2004. He founded the Conservative Muslim Forum and chaired it for several years. He is now President of the Forum. [3] He sits on the Conservative (currently government) benches in the House of Lords and he is actively involved in promoting the Conservative Party to ethnic minorities.

Charity and Community Work[edit]

Lord Sheikh has been honoured by the presentation of several personal awards which have been given to him for his achievements, leadership, business and community work. He has also been awarded an honorary doctorate for Humanitarian work which he undertakes.

He is committed to the building of harmonious relationships between various racial and religious groups.

He founded and funds a registered personal and family charity, in his father's memory.The charity amongst other things recognises and rewards the attainment of young people who are the rising stars and hopefully will be the future leaders. The charity also supports a number of deserving causes in the United Kingdom and overseas.

He is a patron of the charity, Orphans in Need, and also supports other charities.

He has been a visiting lecturer at Universities and acts as an advisor to a British University. He promotes educational and cultural ties between the UK and other countries.

Author[edit]

Lord Sheikh is also a writer. His first book on the Maharaja Ranjit Singh was very well received, and his second, An Indian in the House, is on the first four Indians who were members of British Parliament. He has nearly completed his third which is a historical novel.

Arms[edit]

Coat of arms of Mohamed Sheikh, Baron Sheikh
Adopted
2007
Coronet
Coronet of a Baron
Crest
A Peacock in its pride Azure beaked legged and crested Gules the tail eyed Or the wings displayed and each supporting a Quill Argent spined Or
Escutcheon
Argent four rows of Pallets couped the first and third alternately Gules and Azure the second and fourth Azure and Gules over all on a Pale Vert a Pale Or charged with three Crescents Vert
Supporters
On either side statant upon an Egg Or a Dove wings inverted and addorsed Argent beaked and legged Gules
Motto
IQRA
Symbolism
The rows of couped pallets represent rows of books; and writing is further reflected in the quills in both Crest and Badge. The peacock is a clear allusion to the origin of the grantee's family and the crescents to the Muslim faith. The dove Supporters with their eggs represent the two doves who nested in front of a cave where the prophet Mohammed was hiding from his enemies. The latter seeing the nesting doves assumed that the cave must be empty and so passed by allowing the prophet to remain undiscovered.

Deformation Case Win[edit]

On 15 August 2018 MailOnline published an article headed "EXCLUSIVE: Top Tory Peer’s appearance at Corbyn's 'hate conference' in Tunisia comes after YEARS of rubbing shoulders with Islamists, hate preachers and Holocaust deniers".

Lord Sheikh took action against the publishers, Associated Newspapers Ltd, and the case ruled entirely in his favour. Associated Newspapers Ltd apologised to Lord Sheikh in a Statement in Open Court which was read out by their lawyer before Mr Justice Warby; "My Lord, on behalf of the Defendant, I confirm everything my learned Friend has said. The Defendant through me offers its sincere apologies to the Claimant for the distress, embarrassment and upset caused to him by the publication of the Article. The Defendant accepts there was and is no truth in the allegations advanced in the Article and is happy to set the record straight and apologise to the Claimant".

Bibliography[edit]

  • Sheikh, Mohamed (2017). Emperor of the five rivers: the life and times of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. London: I.B.Tauris. ISBN 978-1-84885-754-4. OCLC 894340672.
  • Sheikh, Mohamed (2019). An Indian In The House: The lives and times of the four trailblazers who first brought India to the British Parliament. [S.l.]: Mereo Books. ISBN 978-1-86151-490-5. OCLC 1080075581.

References[edit]

Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Lord Trimble
Gentlemen
Baron Sheikh
Followed by
The Lord Morrow