Rosena Allin-Khan

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Dr Rosena Allin-Khan
Rosena professional headshot (cropped).jpg
Allin-Khan in 2018
Member of Parliament
for Tooting
In office
17 June 2016 – 6 November 2019
Preceded bySadiq Khan
Majority15,458 (26.5%)
Personal details
Born (1977-01-01) 1 January 1977 (age 42)
Tooting, London, England
Political partyLabour
Alma materBrunel University
Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge
WebsiteOfficial website

Rosena Chantelle Allin-Khan (born 1 January 1977) is a British politician serving as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tooting since 2016. Following the vacancy caused by the resignation of sitting fellow Labour MP Sadiq Khan after his election in May 2016 as Mayor of London,[1][2][3][4] she held the seat at the June 2016 by-election.[5] Allin-Khan was appointed as the Shadow Minister for Sport in October 2016.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

Allin-Khan was born in Tooting.[4] Her Polish mother had been a singer in the Polish girl group Filipinki, who met her father, originally from Pakistan, while the band was on tour in London.[7] The couple separated after having two children, and Allin-Khan's mother worked three jobs to support Rosena and her brother.[7]

She was educated at Trinity St Mary School,[8] a local comprehensive.[7] She wanted to be a doctor, so she took a degree in medical biochemistry at Brunel University, funding her education through a series of part-time jobs.[7] She was accepted at the age of 24 to study Medicine at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, funded by scholarships.[7]

Medical career[edit]

After qualifying as a doctor,[9] Allin-Khan worked at the Royal London and Homerton Hospitals.[7] She went on to complete a Master's degree in Public Health specialising in Global Health and Emergency Humanitarian Assistance. Following this, she spent many years working as a Humanitarian Aid Doctor in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. She also worked in rural Australia as an emergency flying doctor.[citation needed]

Prior to her election to the House of Commons, she worked as a junior doctor in the accident and emergency department[8] at St George's Hospital in Tooting.[7]

Political career[edit]

Allin-Khan was a councillor on Wandsworth Council for Bedford ward in Balham, and previously served as Deputy Leader of the Council's Labour group.[7]

Allin-Khan speaking in 2016

Allin-Khan was selected as the Labour Party candidate for the Tooting constituency, after the seat was made vacant in May 2016 when the sitting MP, Sadiq Khan (no relation), resigned when he won that year's London mayoral election.[8] Allin-Khan won her seat in the House of Commons with a swing of 7.3% from the Conservatives, after a campaign which emphasised her working-class roots and Polish-Pakistani heritage.[10] When the election results were announced in the early hours of 17 June, Allin-Khan dropped her planned victory speech; in its place she read a tribute to Jo Cox, the Labour MP for Batley and Spen who had been murdered on 16 June, the day of the by-election.[11]

On 9 October 2016, Allin-Khan was appointed Shadow Minister for Sport.[6] In that capacity, she was the Labour Party spokesperson for issues including the protection of young people from sexual exploitation in sport, and has spoken out against homophobia in sport.[citation needed] She supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 Labour Party leadership election.[12] Allin-Khan retained the Tooting seat in the 2017 snap election, with an increased majority of 15,458 votes.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Allin-Khan lives in Tooting with her Welsh husband.[7] She is a Muslim;[7] her husband has converted to Islam.[10] The couple have two daughters.[4][8] She is an amateur boxer, training at Balham Boxing Club, where she is also the team doctor.[7]


  1. ^ "No. 61961". The London Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 11777.
  2. ^ "Tooting Constituency by-election result June 2016". Wandsworth Council. Archived from the original on 6 July 2017. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  3. ^ Al-Othman, Hannah (14 May 2016). "Labour selects junior doctor Rosena Allin-Khan to contest Tooting by-election". London Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 15 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Nickerson, James (7 October 2011). "Tooting by-election: Dr Rosena Allin-Khan chosen by Labour in battle to secure Sadiq Khan's former seat". City A.M. Archived from the original on 15 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Labour's Rosena Allin-Khan wins Tooting by-election". BBC News. 17 June 2016. Archived from the original on 17 June 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Dr Rosena Allin-Khan". MyParliament. Archived from the original on 12 February 2017. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Dr Rosena Allin-Khan on why she's a knock-out choice for Tooting MP". London Evening Standard. 20 May 2016. Archived from the original on 9 July 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  8. ^ a b c d Gayle, Damien (14 May 2016). "Junior A&E doctor selected as Labour candidate for Tooting". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 15 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Rosena Allin-Khan". LinkedIn. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  10. ^ a b Quinn, Ben (17 June 2016). "Labour's Rosena Allin-Khan holds Tooting in byelection". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 17 June 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  11. ^ Press Association (17 June 2016). "Labour's Rosena Allin-Khan wins Tooting by-election". Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 17 June 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  12. ^ "Full list of MPs and MEPs backing challenger Owen Smith". LabourList. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  13. ^ Pittam, David (9 June 2017). "Tooting MP Rosena Allin-Khan almost doubles previous votes in Labour triumph". Archived from the original on 4 February 2018. Retrieved 11 June 2017.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sadiq Khan
Member of Parliament
for Tooting