Rosena Allin-Khan

Rosena Chantelle Allin-Khan (born 1 January 1977) is a British politician who has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tooting since the 2016 by-election, and Shadow Minister for Sport between October 2016 and January 2020. She is running to be deputy leader of the Labour Party.

Rosena Allin-Khan

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Allin-Khan in 2019
Member of Parliament
for Tooting
Assumed office
16 June 2016
Preceded bySadiq Khan
Majority14,307 (24.3%)
Personal details
Born (1977-01-01) 1 January 1977 (age 43)
Tooting, London, England
Political partyLabour
Alma materBrunel University
Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge
OccupationDoctor and politician
WebsiteOfficial website

Early life and educationEdit

Rosena Chantelle Allin-Khan was born in Tooting on 1 January 1977.[1][2] Her Polish mother had been a singer in the Polish girl group Filipinki, who met her father, originally from Pakistan, while the band was on tour in London.[3] The couple separated after having two children, and Allin-Khan's mother worked three jobs to support her and her brother.[3]

She was educated at Trinity St Mary School.[4] She studied medical biochemistry at Brunel University, funding her education through a series of part-time jobs.[3] She went on to study medicine at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, funded by scholarships.[3]

Medical careerEdit

After qualifying as a doctor, Allin-Khan worked at the Royal London and Homerton Hospitals.[5] She went on to complete a Master's degree in public health.[6] Following this, she spent many years working as a humanitarian aid doctor.[7]

Prior to her election to the House of Commons, she worked as a junior doctor in the accident and emergency department at St George's Hospital in Tooting.[4][5]

Political careerEdit

Allin-Khan speaking in 2016

Allin-Khan was a councillor on Wandsworth Council for Bedford ward in Balham, and previously served as deputy leader of the council's Labour group.[3][5]

Allin-Khan was selected as the Labour Party candidate for the Tooting constituency, after the seat was made vacant in May 2016 when the sitting MP, Sadiq Khan, resigned when he won that year's London mayoral election.[4] Allin-Khan won the seat after a campaign which emphasised her working-class roots and Polish-Pakistani heritage.[8] When the election results were announced, Allin-Khan read a tribute to Jo Cox, the Labour MP for Batley and Spen who had been murdered the day of the by-election.[9]

In October 2016, Allin-Khan was appointed Shadow Minister for Sport.[10] Allin-Khan retained her seat in the 2017 general election and the 2019 general election.[11][12]

Allin-Khan is standing in the 2020 Labour Party deputy leadership election.

Personal lifeEdit

Allin-Khan lives in Tooting with her Welsh husband.[3] She is a Muslim.[3] The couple have two daughters.[1][4] She is an amateur boxer, training at Balham Boxing Club, where she is the team doctor.[3]


  1. ^ a b Nickerson, James (7 October 2011). "Tooting by-election: Dr Rosena Allin-Khan chosen by Labour in battle to secure Sadiq Khan's former seat". City A.M. Archived from the original on 15 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Labour's Rosena Allin-Khan wins Tooting by-election". BBC News. 17 June 2016. Archived from the original on 17 June 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Dr Rosena Allin-Khan on why she's a knock-out choice for Tooting MP". London Evening Standard. 20 May 2016. Archived from the original on 9 July 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d Gayle, Damien (14 May 2016). "Junior A&E doctor selected as Labour candidate for Tooting". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 15 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "Allin-Khan, Dr Rosena, MP (Lab) Tooting, since June 2016 | WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO". doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.001.0001/ww-9780199540884-e-287708. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Wonder woman – meet the multi-talented A&E MP | Magazine". Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  7. ^ Bayley, Sian (12 December 2019). "The election results for Tooting". getwestlondon. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  8. ^ Quinn, Ben (17 June 2016). "Labour's Rosena Allin-Khan holds Tooting in byelection". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 17 June 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  9. ^ Press Association (17 June 2016). "Labour's Rosena Allin-Khan wins Tooting by-election". Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 17 June 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Dr Rosena Allin-Khan". MyParliament. Archived from the original on 12 February 2017. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  11. ^ Pittam, David (9 June 2017). "Tooting MP Rosena Allin-Khan almost doubles previous votes in Labour triumph". Archived from the original on 4 February 2018. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Rosena Allin-Khan holds Tooting for Labour". Wandsworth Times. Retrieved 21 December 2019.

External linksEdit

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sadiq Khan
Member of Parliament
for Tooting