Syed Kamall

Syed Salah Kamall (born 15 February 1967) is a British politician who represented London as a Member of the European Parliament for the Conservative Party from 2005 to 2019. From 2013 to 2014 he served as Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament. In June 2014, Kamall became Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists in the European Parliament, and Co-Chairman in July 2017, along with Ryszard Legutko.

Syed Kamall
Syed Kamall par Claude Truong-Ngoc février 2015.jpg
Co-Chair of the European Conservatives and Reformists
In office
12 June 2014 – 1 July 2019
Serving with Ryszard Legutko
Preceded byMartin Callanan
Succeeded byRaffaele Fitto
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
In office
5 May 2005 – 1 July 2019[1][2]
Preceded byTheresa Villiers
Succeeded byLance Forman
Personal details
Syed Salah Kamall

(1967-02-15) 15 February 1967 (age 53)
London, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Sandira Beekoo
EducationUniversity of Liverpool
London School of Economics
City University London
WebsiteOfficial website
Parliament website

In the 2019 European Parliament election, Syed Kamall lost his seat in the European Parliament.[3]


Kamall was born in Hornsey and brought up in Edmonton, London.[4] He is a Muslim,[5] and of Indo-Guyanese descent; his father migrated to London from Guyana in the 1950s.[6] 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 careerEdit

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.[citation needed]

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),[7] 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,[8] 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 careerEdit

Kamall (2019)

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 was 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[9] 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.[10]

In October 2018, he was criticised after stating during a debate on Brexit that Nazis were socialists and followed left wing policies. There was an angry reaction and he apologised for the offence caused. However, he was angered himself when Udo Bullmann, a German MEP of the Socialists and Democrats Group, issued a press release which Kamall complained falsely accused him of calling the S&D Nazis.[11][12][13]

In the May 2019 European elections, Kamall lost his London seat in the European Parliament.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Kamall follows Islam.[5] He is married to Sandira Beekoo.[citation needed]

After leaving the European Parliament, Syed Kamall became the Academic and Research Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs and Professor of International Relations and Politics at St Mary's University, Twickenham [14][15]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Key dates ahead". European Parliament. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Key dates ahead". BBC News Online. British Broadcasting Corporation. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Jeremy Hunt fears for Tory party's future after election disaster". Evening Standard. 27 May 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Kingston Euro MP Syed Kamall tells of terrifying Indian ordeal Archived 4 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine This Is Local London.
  7. ^ "". Archived from the original on 18 June 2006.
  8. ^ Kamall, Syed (1 July 1996). "Telecommunications Policy". Cartermill International – via Amazon.
  9. ^ "ConservativeHome's Seats & Candidates blog: Who is on the A-list?".
  10. ^ "Syed Kamali - The Cobden Centre".
  11. ^ "Tory sorry after socialism 'Nazis' remark". BBC News. 24 October 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2019 – via
  12. ^ "Conservative causes uproar in EU Parliament for Nazi comment". The Washington Times. 24 October 2018. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  13. ^ "'You idiot!' Moment Tory MEP faces chorus of abuse for claiming Hitler 'was a socialist'". 24 October 2018. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Professor Syed Kamall". Institute of Economic Affairs.
  15. ^ "Professor Syed Kamall". St Mary%27s University, Twickenham.

External linksEdit

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