Syed Kamall

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Syed Kamall
Syed Kamall par Claude Truong-Ngoc février 2015.jpg
Co-chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists
Assumed office
12 June 2014
Serving with Ryszard Legutko
Vice-ChairsRyszard Legutko
Hans-Olaf Henkel
Raffaele Fitto
Roberts Zīle
Helga Stevens
Geoffrey Van Orden
Preceded byMartin Callanan
Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament
In office
19 November 2013 – 25 November 2014
Preceded byRichard Ashworth
Succeeded byAshley Fox
Member of the European Parliament
for London
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded byTheresa Villiers
Personal details
BornSyed Salah Kamall
(1967-02-15) 15 February 1967 (age 51)
London, England, UK
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Sandira Beekoo
Alma materUniversity of Liverpool
London School of Economics
City University London
WebsiteOfficial website
Parliament website

Syed Salah Kamall MEP (born 15 February 1967) is a British politician who has represented London as a Member of the European Parliament for the Conservative Party since 2005, and from 2013 to 2014 served as Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament. In June 2014, he became Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists in the European Parliament, and Co-Chairman in July 2017, along with Ryszard Legutko.


Kamall was born and brought up in Islington, London.[1] He is a Muslim,[2] and of Indo-Guyanese descent; his father migrated to London from Guyana in the 1950s.[3] He was educated at The Latymer School in Edmonton and holds a BEng from the University of Liverpool, a MSc degree from the London School of Economics and a PhD from City, University of London.

Initial career[edit]

Kamall started his career as a business systems analyst for NatWest Overseas Department (1989–91). He was a Management Fellow, University of Bath School of Management (1994–96), Management Research Fellow, Leeds University Business School (1996–97), Associate Director/Consultant, Omega Partners (1997–2001), and a Consultant at SSK Consulting (2001–05). Since 2004 he has been a Visiting Fellow at Leeds University Business School where he has lectured MBA students on international business and strategy, and supervised doctoral students' research.

Before entering the European Parliament, Kamall worked as a consultant to companies on marketing, strategy and public affairs. In 2003, he started a diversity recruitment business. He is a co-founder of the Global Business Research Institute (GBRI),[4] an educational body conducting outreach to business executives, journalists and civil servants, promoting a greater understanding of globalisation and its consequences.


In 1996, Kamall wrote a book on EU telecommunications policy,[5] and has written on multinational business and telecommunications policy for such books as Management in China: The Experience of Foreign Businesses; Trade and Investment in China: The European Experience; Political and Economic Relations Between Asia and Europe: New Challenges in Economics and Management, and in such journals as Management International Review and Transnational Corporations.

Political career[edit]

Kamall has been a member of the Conservatives since 1987 and has held various positions in the party since then: Chairman, Stockwell Ward, Vauxhall Conservative Association; Hon. Secretary, Bath Conservative Association CPC; Chairman, Eccleston Ward, and Chairman, Eccleston/Churchill CPC, Cities of London and Westminster Conservative Association; Executive Member, London Eastern Area Committee.

In May 2000, Kamall was a Conservative Candidate for the London Assembly. The following year, he was Conservative candidate for West Ham in the June 2001 General Election. He was placed fourth on the Conservative list in London for the 2004 European Parliament elections. The Conservatives won three seats and Kamall became a Member of the European Parliament in May 2005, after Theresa Villiers stepped down on being elected as an MP to the UK Parliament. In the European Parliament, he is a member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs, Legal Affairs and International Trade committees.

Kamall was placed on the 'A-list' of Conservative parliamentary candidates ahead of the 2010 election[6] and was again returned to Brussels in 2014 representing London as an MEP.

He is also a contributor at the free market public policy think tank The Cobden Centre (one of Europe's think tanks based around the Austrian School of economics).[7]

In October 2018 he was criticised and had to apologise "after comparing the views of socialists in the European Parliament with those of Nazis".[8][9][10] Kamall provoked an uproar in Strasbourg comparing Socialists and Nazis in a debate on Brexit. Stung by a remark about right-wing extremists during a debate on Brexit on 24 October, Kamall responded by describing the socialists as being similar to the Nazis. An intervention that provoked an uproar, and strong reactions, including from Guy Verhofstadt and Vice-President of the Commission, Frans Timmermans who described him as "idiotic". Udo Bullmann of S&D Group, Germany, said: "Hundreds of thousands of social democrats, honest people have been victims of Nazi terror. Because they did not give in because they defended democracy and human dignity. Your comment is an indescribable lack of respect, Mr. Kamall. Absolutely unworthy of this Parliament of Europe". Kamall was finally forced to apologize.

Personal life[edit]

Kamall follows Islam.[2] He is married to Sandira Beekoo.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Interview: Syed Kamall MEP – "I would prefer people to have a choice, personally. I don't see why we need a shortlist." - Conservative Home".
  3. ^ Kingston Euro MP Syed Kamall tells of terrifying Indian ordeal Archived 4 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine. This Is Local London.
  4. ^ "". Archived from the original on 18 June 2006.
  5. ^ Kamall, Syed (1 July 1996). "Telecommunications Policy". Cartermill International – via Amazon.
  6. ^ "ConservativeHome's Seats & Candidates blog: Who is on the A-list?".
  7. ^ "Syed Kamali - The Cobden Centre".
  8. ^
  9. ^, The Washington Times. "Conservative causes uproar in EU Parliament for Nazi comment". Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  10. ^ "'You idiot!' Moment Tory MEP faces chorus of abuse for claiming Hitler 'was a socialist'". 24 October 2018. Retrieved 24 October 2018.

External links[edit]

European Parliament
Preceded by
Theresa Villiers
Member of the European Parliament
for London

Party political offices
Preceded by
Richard Ashworth
Leader of the Conservative Party in the European Parliament
Succeeded by
Ashley Fox
Preceded by
Martin Callanan
Chair of the European Conservatives and Reformists