Shahrar Ali

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Shahrar Ali
Shahrar Ali, 2018 (cropped).jpg
Deputy Leader of the Green Party of
England and Wales
In office
1 September 2014 – 31 August 2016
Serving with Amelia Womack
LeaderNatalie Bennett
Preceded byWill Duckworth
Succeeded byAmelia Womack
Personal details
Political partyGreen Party of England and Wales
Alma materUniversity College London

Mohammad Shahrar Ali,[1] known as Shahrar Ali (['ʃɑːrɑː ɑː'liː]), is a British politician and former Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, a post in which he served alongside Amelia Womack. He was the first ethnic minority deputy leader of a party with representation in parliament in the UK and was elected in September 2014 at the Green Party conference in Aston, Birmingham for a two-year term.


Shahrar Ali has degrees in biochemical engineering (BEng) and philosophy (BA, MPhil, PhD) from the University of London.[2] His 1997 MPhil thesis was on "Practical reason with reference to the Human conception", and his 2004 PhD thesis (UCL) was entitled "Making as if to stand behind one's words: a theory of intentional deception and lying".[1] His research interests are in moral and applied philosophy.


Ali began his green political career after working for the European Parliament in Luxembourg, and has attributed this career decision in part to his experience of teaching philosophy at university level.[citation needed] He has taught at the University of Hertfordshire, Anglia Polytechnic University (now Anglia Ruskin University), City Lit, the Workers' Educational Association and modern philosophy at Birkbeck College.[3][non-primary source needed] He stood in the 2005, 2010 & 2015 general elections (for Brent East and then Brent Central),[4] in the 2012 London Assembly election (for Brent & Harrow),[5] and in the 2014 European Parliament election.[6] He is author of Why Vote Green (2010)[7] and editor of Why Vote Green 2015.[8]

On 29 June 2018, Ali announced he would stand in the 2018 Green Party of England and Wales leadership election.[9] On 11 August 2018, The Times reported that on Holocaust Memorial Day, in January 2009, Shahrar Ali had made a speech comparing Israel’s treatment of Palestinians to the Holocaust.[10] In an article published on the Left Foot Forward blog, the Campaign Against Antisemitism described his speech as anti-semitic and an “offensive rant”.[11] Ali described the accusation as a "gross fabrication", telling the Evening Standard that it was "designed to stifle legitimate criticism of the Israeli government".[12] The Green Party said that its initial handling of reports about Ali's speech in 2009 were inadequate and that it is seeking to revise procedures.[13] The Green Party later clarified that no formal complaint of anti-Semitism was received.[14] Ali came second in the election, receiving 1,466 votes (17.5% of the vote).[15]

Ali works in the Institute of Health Sciences Education at Queen Mary, University of London.[16]


  1. ^ a b Ali, Mohammad Shahrar (2004). "Making as if to stand behind one's words: a theory of intentional deception and lying". Doctoral Thesis Philosophy. University of London. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Shahrar Ali (University College London) - PhilPeople". Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Teachers". London School of Philosophy. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Election results for Brent Central". Brent Council. May 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  5. ^ 'National: Election Results 2012: London Assembly', The Guardian (5 May 2012), 32.
  6. ^ "Vote 2014: European election candidates for London". BBC News. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Shahrar Ali event". Biteback Publishing. 26 February 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Shahrar Ali". Biteback Publishing. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Shahrar Ali Green Party". Facebook. 29 June 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  10. ^ Webber, Esther (11 August 2018). "Greens drawn into antisemitism row". The Times. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  11. ^ Mortimer, Josiah (3 August 2018). "Green Party leadership candidate in antisemitism storm over Gaza video". Left Foot Forward. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  12. ^ "The Londoner: Anti-Semitism row turns Greens toxic". Evening Standard. London. 6 August 2018. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  13. ^ Welch, Ben (6 August 2018). "Green Party admits 'inadequate' response to leadership candidate's anti-Israel speech". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  14. ^
  15. ^ "Jonathan Bartley and Sian Berry elected Green Party co-leaders". BBC News. 4 September 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Dr Shahrar Ali, BEng, BA, AKC, MPhil, PhD". Queen Mary, University of London. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Will Duckworth
Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales
With: Amelia Womack
Succeeded by
Amelia Womack