Labour MSP for Glasgow and candidate for Leader of Scottish Labour
Anas Sarwar was born and brought up in the city of Glasgow. He studied dentistry at the University of Glasgow and worked as a general dental practitioner in the National Health Service prior to becoming a Member of Parliament.
Anas was elected to represent the Westminster Constituency of Glasgow Central on the 6th of May 2010, increasing the previously held majority.
Since the 18th of December 2011 Anas has served as Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, winning the contest in the first round of voting.
Anas has been a campaigning member of the Scottish Labour Party since the age of 16 and was part of the team which campaigned to successfully save the Govan shipyard in 1999 collecting more than 80,000 signatures.
At the 2007 Scottish Parliament elections Anas was selected to stand as the number 1 candidate on the regional list for Glasgow.
A previous executive member of the Scottish Young Labour, Anas is a proud member of the Co-operative Party, the Fabian Society and trade unions Unite and Community.
Anas politics are firmly rooted in equality, social justice and fairness. His immediate priorities are to create jobs, to build a sustainable economy to fund world class public services, ensure society’s resources are distributed equitably and to protect the most vulnerable in our communities.
Anas has a keen interest in Foreign Policy and International Development. Shortly after becoming an MP, he was elected by his parliamentary colleagues to serve on the House of Commons International Development Committee.
He is also Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Anti-Corruption and was recently a member of the welfare Reform Bill Committee, which scrutinised the coalition Government’s controversial reforms.
Anas is a keen supporter of the children’s charities, Action for Children, Youth Build UK and was a founding member of Y-Vote; a organisation which provides a political platform through music to get young people engaged in the political process.
He lives in Glasgow with his wife, Furheen, and two young sons