Yasmin Qureshi

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Yasmin Qureshi
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Member of Parliament
for Bolton South East
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Dr Brian Iddon
Majority 10,928 (26.8%)
Personal details
Born (1963-07-05) 5 July 1963 (age 53)
Gujrat City, Punjab, Pakistan
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater Polytechnic of the South Bank, University College London
Occupation Member of Parliament
Religion Islam
Website yasminqureshi.org.uk

Yasmin Qureshi (born 5 July 1963)[1] is a British Labour Party politician and a barrister practicing criminal law. Born in Pakistan, she grew up in Britain from the age of nine. She was elected as the member of parliament (MP) for Bolton South East in the May 2010 general election.[2]

Early life[edit]

Qureshi was born in Gujrat City, Pakistan and moved to Britain when she was nine. Her father was an engineer and the family lived in Watford.[3] She grew up the youngest of three children.

She attended the Polytechnic of the South Bank (later London South Bank University) and obtained a BA (Hons) Law degree before studying for and sitting her examinations for the Bar at the Council of Legal Education. She obtained a Master of Laws at University College London.[4]

Political career[edit]

At the age of 16, Qureshi joined the Labour Party and became active in local politics.[5]

She stood, unsuccessfully, for Labour in the London constituency of Brent East in 2005.[2] She has worked as a human rights advisor to the former London mayor Ken Livingstone[2] and previously headed the criminal legal section of the UN Mission in Kosovo.[2] Qureshi previously chaired the Human Rights and Civil Liberties Working Group of the Association of Muslim Lawyers and was President of the Pakistan Club (UK).[4]

She was elected at the 2010 general election in the safe Labour seat of Bolton South East, inheriting a majority of 11,000.[6] Qureshi, Rushanara Ali and Shabana Mahmood, elected at the same time, became Britain's first female Muslim MPs. Qureshi is also the first woman to be elected as the Member of Parliament for Bolton South East.[2]

Shortly after becoming an MP, Qureshi received a fine and driving ban for using a mobile phone behind the wheel and driving without insurance.[7]

In May 2014, Qureshi opposed mandatory labelling of meat coming from animals killed by halal and kosher methods. She claimed halal slaughtering can be significantly less painful for animals than the more widespread method of stunning, saying "a myth is being perpetuated that somehow kosher and halal methods, carried out as they should be, are more painful and cause more suffering to the animal, but that is incorrect."[8][9]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In January 2013 and 2015, Qureshi was nominated for the Politician of the Year award at the British Muslim Awards.[10][11] In January 2014, she was awarded the Politician of the Year award at the British Muslim Awards.[12]


  1. ^ "Yasmin Qureshi". Democracy Live. BBC News. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Adetunji, Jo; Tran, Mark (7 May 2010). "General election 2010: first female Muslim MPs elected". guarian.co.uk. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "The first Asian woman MP?". Evening Standard. London. 27 February 2004. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Yasmin Qureshi". The Telegraph. 
  5. ^ "The return of the Native?: Gujrati lass gears up for UK polls". Daily Times. 15 March 2004. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Britton, Paul (29 August 2007). "Yasmin aiming for double first". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "MP loses licence for driving without insurance while using mobile phone". Guardian. Press Association. 19 August 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Bienkov, Adam (14 May 2014). "MPs block compulsory halal meat labelling". politics.co.uk. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Right to supply tickets to events of national significance". TheyWorkForYou. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Winners honoured at British Muslim Awards". Asian Image. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  11. ^ "British Muslim Awards 2015 finalists unveiled". Asian Image. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  12. ^ "British Muslim Awards 2014 winners". Asian Image. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Brian Iddon
Member of Parliament for Bolton South East