Nus Ghani

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Nusrat Ghani

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport
Assumed office
9 January 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byPaul Maynard
Assistant Government Whip
Assumed office
9 January 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Member of Parliament
for Wealden
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded byCharles Hendry
Majority23,268 (39%)
Personal details
Born (1972-09-01) 1 September 1972 (age 46)
Birmingham, England
Political partyConservative
Alma materBirmingham City University
University of Leeds
WebsiteOfficial website

Nusrat Munir Ul-Ghani[1] MP (born 1 September 1972) is a British Conservative Party politician who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wealden in East Sussex.[2] She currently serves as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Transport and Assistant Government Whip.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Ghani was born in Birmingham on 1 September 1972, the daughter of parents from Azad Kashmir, Pakistan.[4][5] Ghani was educated in state schools before studying at Birmingham City University, and after graduating, for a master's degree at Leeds University.[6] Before beginning her career in politics, she was employed by the charities Age UK and Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and later for the BBC World Service.[7]

Ghani first stood as a parliamentary candidate for Birmingham Ladywood at the 2010 general election.[7]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Ghani's selection in December 2013 was at an open primary in which anyone listed on the electoral register in Wealden was eligible to attend and vote for their preferred candidate.[8] The primary attracted nearly 400 residents from around the constituency. The sitting MP, Charles Hendry, had announced his retirement at the next election.[9][10][11][12]

In the 2015 general election Nus Ghani became the first female MP to hold the seat of Wealden in East Sussex. She was elected with a majority of 22,967.[13] In July 2015, she was appointed as a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee.[14]

In the 2017 general election Nus Ghani won 61.2% of the votes in Wealden, increasing her majority to 23,628.[13] In July 2017, Ghani was promoted to Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Home Office.[15]

Ghani was involved in producing reports on a number of different issues covering home affairs, security, hate crime, policing and immigration.[16]

In 2016, Ghani worked with Barnardo's, the UK's oldest children's charity to undertake an independent inquiry tackling harmful child sexual behaviour.[17]

In 2017, Ghani was promoted to Chair the Government's Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network [18]

She accused Sir John Sawers, ex-MI6 chief, of providing only “gloom and doom” about Brexit.[19]

In 2018, Ghani became the first Muslim woman minister to speak from the House of Commons Dispatch box.[20]

Committee Work and APPGs[edit]

Position Group/Committee Year
Member Home Affairs Select Committee [21] 2015
Member Armed Forces Bill Committee [21] 2015
Chair Conservative Rural Affairs Group [22] 2015
Chair All Party Parliamentary Group on Sight Loss [23] 2015
Chair All Party Parliamentary Group on Ageing and Older People [24] 2015
Vice-Chair All Party Parliamentary Group on Thalidomide [25] 2015
PPS Home Office [15] 2017

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "No. 61230". The London Gazette. 18 May 2015. p. 9121.
  2. ^ "Nusrat Ghani MP". Parliament of the United Kingdom.
  3. ^ correspondent, Peter Walker Political (9 January 2018). "Theresa May's junior ministerial reshuffle: who's in and who's out". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Kashmir origin woman Nusrat Ghani elected as UK's Parliament member". Only Kashmir. 9 May 2015. Archived from the original on 10 September 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Ten of Pakistani origin make it to British parliament". Dawn. 9 May 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  6. ^ Haque, Mozammel (May 2015). "British Muslims and the UK General Elections 2015". The Muslim Weekly. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  7. ^ a b "My life's story is not one of a traditional politician". Nus Ghani Parliamentary Candidate for Wealden.
  8. ^ "Nus Ghani chosen by Tories to stand for Wealden". Uckfield News. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  9. ^ "RESULT: Conservative Nus Ghani wins Wealden seat". Kent and Sussex Courier. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Nusrat Ghani selected in open primary to succeed Charles Hendry MP as Wealden Conservative Candidate". Wealden Conservatives.
  11. ^ "UK Polling Report - UKPR ELECTION GUIDE - Wealden". Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Nus Ghani for Wealden". Wealden Conservatives.
  13. ^ a b "Election 2017: Wealden parliamentary constituency". BBC News. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Home Affairs Committee: Committee membership announced". Parliament.UK. 8 July 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  15. ^ a b Dods People (3 July 2017). "Latest civil service & public affairs moves". Civil Service World. Dods (Group) PLC.
  16. ^ "Publications - Home Affairs Committee". UK Parliament. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  17. ^ "Now I know it was wrong : Report of the parliamentary inquiry into support and sanctions for children who display harmful sexual behaviour" (PDF). Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  18. ^ "Network established to encourage diversity in apprenticeships - GOV.UK". Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  19. ^ Wintour, Patrick (19 December 2017). "Brexit will cause loss of influence on scale of 1970s, says ex-MI6 chief". The Guardian.
  20. ^ "A first for Muslim women in Commons". BBC News. 2018. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  21. ^ a b "Nusrat Ghani MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  22. ^ "Contacts". CRAG. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  23. ^ Commons, The Committee Office, House of. "House of Commons - Register Of All-Party Parliamentary Groups as at 15 February 2017: Eye Health and Visual Impairment". Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  24. ^ Commons, The Committee Office, House of. "House of Commons - Register Of All-Party Parliamentary Groups as at 2 May 2017: Ageing and Older People". Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  25. ^ Commons, The Committee Office, House of. "House of Commons - Register Of All-Party Parliamentary Groups as at 2 May 2017: Thalidomide". Retrieved 9 June 2017.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Hendry
Member of Parliament
for Wealden