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Shabana Mahmood (Urdu: شبانہ محمود‎; born 17 September 1980)[1] is a British Labour Party politician and barrister,[2][3] who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Birmingham, Ladywood since the May 2010 general election.[4]

Shabana Mahmood
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
In office
11 May 2015 – 13 September 2015
LeaderHarriet Harman (Acting)
Preceded byChris Leslie
Succeeded bySeema Malhotra
Member of Parliament
for Birmingham Ladywood
In office
6 May 2010 – 6 November 2019
Preceded byClare Short
Succeeded byElection in progress
Majority28,714 (69.5%)
Personal details
Born (1980-09-17) 17 September 1980 (age 39)
Small Heath, Birmingham, England
Political partyLabour
Alma materLincoln College, Oxford
WebsiteOfficial website

Early lifeEdit

Mahmood was born and brought up in Birmingham.[2][3] Her family roots are from Mirpur, in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan.[5] She graduated from Lincoln College, Oxford, where she studied law and was the president of the Junior Common Room.[6]

Parliamentary careerEdit

In the 2010 general election, Mahmood was elected for Birmingham Ladywood with a majority of 10,105. Along with Rushanara Ali and Yasmin Qureshi who were also elected in 2010, Mahmood became one of the UK's first female Muslim MPs.[2]

In October 2010 Mahmood was appointed a Shadow Home Affairs Minister, later becoming a Shadow Business Minister in 2011 and Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury in 2013. Following the 2015 general election, Mahmood was appointed Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, a shadow cabinet level role.[7] In September 2015, Mahmood stepped down from the role.[8]

In January 2016, Mahmood was elected to represent the Parliamentary Labour Party on Labour's National Executive Committee, and was re-elected in July 2016.[9][10] In November 2016, Mahmood was elected one of the vice chairs of Labour's National Policy Forum.[11]

She supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 Labour Party (UK) leadership election.[12]

In October 2016, Mahmood became a member of the new International Trade Select Committee.[13]

In November 2016, Mahmood opposed a motion in Parliament for the UK to withdraw support for the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen.[14]

She supported a revocation of the ban on the wearing of niqabs at Birmingham Metropolitan College.[15][16]

In March 2019, she spoke in parliament in defence of constituents who opposed their children being taught LGBT lessons,[17] following protests at Parkfield Community School regarding the school's “No Outsiders” programme.[18]

Boycott of IsraelEdit

In August 2014, Mahmood was accused of promoting "mob rule" after she boasted on YouTube that she had recently participated in a protest calling for the boycotting of Israeli goods that temporarily forced a supermarket to close. Simon Johnson, CEO of the Jewish Leadership Council sharply criticized Mahmood, arguing that "It is completely inappropriate for a Member of Parliament to promote public disorder", while Conservative MP Mike Freer stated that "For any Parliamentarian to encourage mob rule as a way of protesting is shameful."[19]

A spokesperson for Labour party leader Ed Miliband later stated that "Ed Miliband has been clear that Labour does not support boycotts of Israel and we resolutely oppose the isolation of Israel... Having spoken to her, Shabana has made clear that she does not support calls for a boycott of Israel but supports the proper labelling of goods from the region."[19]

On 21 August 2014, Mahmood announced that she would continue to support boycotts of products from Israeli settlements. Mahmood stated she has "a difference of view with my party." In justifying her position, Mahmood stated that "We all agree that Israeli settlements on the West Bank are illegal under international law and they are not part of Israel. As such, they are an obstacle to a two state solution and a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine." However, Mahmood denied that she supported a boycott of products from Israel proper, stating that "There is no disagreement that a more general boycott of Israel would not contribute towards a lasting peace in the region."[20]

Awards and nominationsEdit

In January 2014, Mahmood was nominated for the Politician of the Year award at the British Muslim Awards.[21]


  1. ^ "About Shabana Mahmood".
  2. ^ a b c Adetunji, Jo; Tran, Mark (7 May 2010). "General election 2010: first female Muslim MPs elected". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Shabana Mahmood MP". Retrieved 7 May 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2011
  4. ^ General Election 2010 Birmingham City Council
  5. ^ Shabana Mahmood, MP for Birmingham Ladywood (15 September 2011). "Human Rights on the Indian Subcontinent". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). 532. United Kingdom: House of Commons. col. 1254–1256. Video.
  6. ^ Roy, Amit (7 April 2010). "Feisty Asians in UK poll fray". Kolkata Telegraph. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
  7. ^ "Shabana Mahmood MP". Parliament. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  8. ^ Walker, Jonathan (15 September 2015). "Birmingham MP resigned because she 'strongly disagreed' with Corbyn on economy". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  9. ^ Walker, Jonathan (27 January 2016). "Birmingham MP Shabana Mahmood represents Labour MPs on party's ruling committee". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Corbynistas and rebels make NEC gains as Skinner steps down". LabourList. 4 July 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  11. ^ Thornton, Glenys (19 November 2016). "Great that my dear friend Ann Cryer has been elected Chair @UKLabour NPF and wonderful @ShabanaMahmood as vice chair #great labour women". Twitter.
  12. ^ "Full list of MPs and MEPs backing challenger Owen Smith". LabourList. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Membership - International Trade Committee". UK Parliament. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  14. ^ "Which Muslim MPs voted to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia?". 5Pillars. 1 November 2016.
  15. ^ Hallam, Katy (11 September 2013). "Birmingham MP attacks city college veil ban". Birmingham Mail. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  16. ^ Hallam, Katy (12 September 2013). "Birmingham Metropolitan College drops controversial Muslim face veil ban". Birmingham Mail. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  17. ^ "By opposing equality in sex education, Shabana Mahmood is underestimating children and othering LGBTQ people". New Statesman. 5 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Parents protest over Birmingham school's LGBT equality teaching". BBC News. 29 January 2019.
  19. ^ a b Press coverage:
  20. ^ Walker, Jonathan (21 August 2014). "Birmingham MP Shabana Mahmood defies Ed Miliband and insists she still backs Israeli settlement boycott". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  21. ^ "British Muslim Awards 2014 winners". Asian Image. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2015.

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