Mohamed Sheikh, Baron Sheikh
The Lord Sheikh
|Member of the House of Lords|
|Assumed office |
6 June 2006
|Born||13 June 1941|
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
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.
Sheikh first joined the Conservative Party in 2004. Sheikh is the former chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum and also the chairman of the Conservative Ethnic Diversity Council. He is actively involved in promoting the Conservative Party to ethnic minorities and also the building of harmonious relationships between various racial and religious groups.
In 2018, as a member of the Conservative Muslim Forum, he joined calls from the Muslim Council of Britain and senior members of his party for an independent inquiry into alleged Tory Islamophobia and called for former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to be removed from the Conservative Party over perceived Islamophobic comments Johnson made regarding the burqa and niqab. Consequently, Sheikh was reported to have received several offensive emails over the controversy including "horrible things, obscene things about the Prophet Muhammad."
Baron Sheikh founded and funds a registered personal and family charity, the Sheikh Abdullah Foundation, 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.
- 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.
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