Shabana Mahmood

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Shabana Mahmood
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
In office
11 May 2015 – 13 September 2015
Leader Harriet Harman (Acting)
Preceded by Chris Leslie
Succeeded by Seema Malhotra
Member of Parliament
for Birmingham Ladywood
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Clare Short
Majority 28,714 (69.5%)
Personal details
Born (1980-09-17) 17 September 1980 (age 37)
Small Heath, Birmingham, England
Political party Labour
Alma mater Lincoln College, Oxford
Website Official website

Shabana Mahmood (Urdu: شبانہ محمود‎; born 17 September 1980)[1] is a British Labour Party politician and barrister,[2][3] who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Birmingham, Ladywood since the May 2010 general election.[4]

Early life[edit]

Mahmood was born and brought up in Birmingham.[2][3] Her family roots are from Mirpur, in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan, as stated on her own personal webpage.[5] She graduated from Lincoln College, Oxford, where she studied law and was the president of the Junior Common Room.[6]

Parliamentary career[edit]

In the 2010 general election, Mahmood was elected for Birmingham Ladywood with a majority of 10,105. Along with Rushanara Ali and Yasmin Qureshi who were also elected in 2010, Mahmood became one of the UK's first female Muslim MPs.[2]

In October 2010 Mahmood was appointed a Shadow Home Affairs Minister, later becoming a Shadow Business Minister in 2011 before moving to the shadow treasury team in 2013. Following the 2015 general election, Mahmood was appointed Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, a shadow cabinet level role.[7] In September 2015, Mahmood stepped down from the role.[8]

In January 2016, Mahmood was elected to represent the Parliamentary Labour Party on Labour's National Executive Committee, and was re-elected in July 2016.[9][10] In November 2016, Mahmood was elected one of the vice chairs of Labour's National Policy Forum.[11]

In October 2016, Mahmood became a member of the new International Trade Select Committee.[12]

She supported a revocation of the ban on the wearing of niqabs at Birmingham Metropolitan College.[13][14]

Boycott of Israel[edit]

In August 2014, Mahmood was accused of promoting "mob rule" after she boasted on YouTube that she had recently participated in a protest calling for the boycotting of Israeli goods that temporarily forced a supermarket to close. Simon Johnson, CEO of the Jewish Leadership Council sharply criticized Mahmood, arguing that "It is completely inappropriate for a Member of Parliament to promote public disorder", while Conservative MP Mike Freer stated that "For any Parliamentarian to encourage mob rule as a way of protesting is shameful."

A spokesperson for Labour party leader Ed Miliband later stated that "Ed Miliband has been clear that Labour does not support boycotts of Israel and we resolutely oppose the isolation of Israel... Having spoken to her, Shabana has made clear that she does not support calls for a boycott of Israel but supports the proper labelling of goods from the region."[15][16][17][18]

On 21 August 2014, Mahmood announced that she would continue to support boycotts of products from Israeli settlements. Mahmood stated she has "a difference of view with my party." In justifying her position, Mahmood stated that "We all agree that Israeli settlements on the West Bank are illegal under international law and they are not part of Israel. As such, they are an obstacle to a two state solution and a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine." However, Mahmood denied that she supported a boycott of products from Israel proper, stating that "There is no disagreement that a more general boycott of Israel would not contribute towards a lasting peace in the region."[19]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In January 2014, Mahmood was nominated for the Politician of the Year award at the British Muslim Awards.[20]


  1. ^ "About Shabana Mahmood". 
  2. ^ a b c Adetunji, Jo; Tran, Mark (7 May 2010). "General election 2010: first female Muslim MPs elected". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Shabana Mahmood MP". Retrieved 7 May 2010.  Retrieved 7 December 2011
  4. ^ General Election 2010 Birmingham City Council
  5. ^ "Shabana Mahmood MP speaks out against human rights abuses in Kashmir | Shabana Mahmood MP Getting things done in Aston, Ladywood, Nechells and Soho". Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Feisty Asians in UK poll fray". Kolkata Telegraph. 7 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Shabana Mahmood MP". Parliament. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  8. ^ Walker, Jonathan (15 September 2015). "Birmingham MP resigned because she 'strongly disagreed' with Corbyn on economy". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  9. ^ Walker, Jonathan (27 January 2016). "Birmingham MP Shabana Mahmood represents Labour MPs on party's ruling committee". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  10. ^ "Corbynistas and rebels make NEC gains as Skinner steps down". LabourList. 4 July 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  11. ^ Thornton, Glenys (19 November 2016). "Great that my dear friend Ann Cryer has been elected Chair @UKLabour NPF and wonderful @ShabanaMahmood as vice chair #great labour women". 
  12. ^ "Membership - International Trade Committee". UK Parliament. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  13. ^ Hallam, Katy (11 September 2013). "Birmingham MP attacks city college veil ban". Birmingham Mail. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  14. ^ Hallam, Katy (12 September 2013). "Birmingham Metropolitan College drops controversial Muslim face veil ban". Birmingham Mail. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  15. ^ Watch: Birmingham MP Shabana Mahmood hauled in by Labour bosses after this video of Sainsbury's Gaza protest by Jonathan Walker, Birmingham Mail, 20 August 2014.
  16. ^ MP criticised over supermarket boycott protest by JC Reporter, Jewish Chronicle, 20 August 2014.
  17. ^ Britain’s anti-Semitic whiff of Weimar by Douglas Murray, The Spectator, 18 August 2014.
  18. ^ In UK, supermarkets the frontline to check out BDS by Liam Hoare, The Times of Israel, 20 August 2014.
  19. ^ Birmingham MP Shabana Mahmood defies Ed Miliband and insists she still backs Israeli settlement boycott by Jonathan Walker, Birmingham Post, 21 August 2014.
  20. ^ "British Muslim Awards 2014 winners". Asian Image. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Clare Short
Member of Parliament
for Birmingham, Ladywood

Political offices
Preceded by
Chris Leslie
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Succeeded by
Seema Malhotra