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Khalid Mahmood (British politician)

Khalid Mahmood (born 13 July 1961) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Birmingham Perry Barr since 2001.

Khalid Mahmood

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Shadow Minister of State for Europe
Assumed office
6 October 2016
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Shadow Sec.Emily Thornberry
ShadowingSir Alan Duncan
Preceded byFabian Hamilton
Member of Parliament
for Birmingham Perry Barr
Assumed office
7 June 2001
Preceded byJeff Rooker
Majority18,383 (41.6%)
Personal details
Born (1961-07-13) 13 July 1961 (age 57)
Azad Kashmir, Pakistan
NationalityBritish
Political partyLabour
Alma materUCE Birmingham

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Political careerEdit

Mahmood is a graduate of UCE Birmingham and a former engineer with a trade union background. He was a Birmingham City Councillor from 1990 to 1992. In 2001, Mahmood was selected for the Perry Barr seat by local Labour party members.

Although Mahmood held the seat for Labour in the 2001 election, his share of the vote fell by 16.5%,[1] much of which went to the Liberal Democrat candidate Jon Hunt, who ran on an anti-sleaze ticket. Mahmood subsequently increased his share of the vote slightly at the 2005 election, though his majority fell by 805 votes. He was again elected in 2010.[2]

He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Home Office Minister Tony McNulty from 10 November 2005 until 6 September 2006, when he resigned after signing a letter calling for Prime Minister Tony Blair to step down.[3] Pakistani-born Mahmood stated that he was "flabbergasted and shocked" after it was discovered that Osama bin Laden was living in a city with thousands of Pakistani troops, reviving questions about alleged links between al-Qaeda and elements in Pakistan's security forces.[4]

Mahmood opposed the decision by Birmingham College in 2013 to ban students wearing veils. "I am seriously concerned that the college has taken this approach," Mahmood told The Huffington Post. "I see no reason why young women should not be able to practice their faith and wear what is appropriate for their religion, [...] It is about freedom to protect your rights. The college should demonstrate and encourage respect of belief, colour and background. [The decision] is not an example to set to students."[5]

In House of Commons divisions, he has voted for the introduction of national ID cards, student top-up fees, anti-terrorism laws and he voted against investigating the Iraq War.[6] He is also on the Advisory Council (as a Labour Political Council member) of the Henry Jackson Society.[7]

In the EU referendum, Mahmood initially supported the Leave campaign but left in February 2016 after becoming unhappy at the campaign's focus on immigration. Later that year in June, he announced his support for the Remain campaign.[8]

ExpensesEdit

In May 2009, it was reported, as part of a series of leaked UK MPs expense details, that Mahmood claimed for £1,350 to stay in a five-star west London hotel with his Jewish girlfriend.[9] Mahmood also claimed more than £35,000 in expenses for food over the course of his eight years as an MP.[10]

Awards and nominationsEdit

In January 2015, Mahmood was nominated for the Politician of the Year award at the British Muslim Awards.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

In January 2014, Mahmood underwent a kidney transplant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Edgbaston, Birmingham, receiving an organ from an unnamed live donor.[12][13] He had previously been on dialysis, following kidney failure in 2008.[12] His twin brother died from kidney failure.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Birmingham Perry Barr 2001 Election Results". BBC News. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  2. ^ "General Election 2010 – Birmingham City Council". Archived from the original on 8 May 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Blair hit by wave of resignations". BBC News. 6 September 2006. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  4. ^ Woodcock, Andrew (2 May 2011). "MP 'shocked' at bin Laden Pakistan discovery". The Independent. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
  5. ^ Sherriff, Lucy (10 September 2013). "Muslim Students Banned From Wearing Veils, Niqabs, For 'Safety' At Birmingham Metropolitan College". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Khalid Mahmood". theyworkforyou.com. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  7. ^ "Khalid Mahmood on Advisory Council of Henry Jackson Society". Archived from the original on 23 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood backs EU 'remain' campaign". Birmingham Mail. 9 June 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Man behind expenses leak revealed". BBC News. 23 May 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  10. ^ Oldham, Jeanette (24 May 2009). "Expenses lovenest of Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood". Sunday Mercury. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  11. ^ "British Muslim Awards 2015 finalists unveiled". Asian Image. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  12. ^ a b Elkes, Neil (21 January 2014). "Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood recovering after kidney transplant". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  13. ^ a b "Transplant MP Khalid Mahmood to return to Commons". BBC Online. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2015.

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