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Shabana Mahmood

Labour MP for Birmingham Ladywood

Shabana Mahmood MP was elected to Parliament in May 2010, and was one of the first female Muslim MPs in the country. Soon after her election, she was elected to the Work and Pensions Select Committee, where she took a particular interest in unemployment issues and the government’s Work Programme. In October 2010 Shabana was appointed Shadow Home Office Minister, with responsibility for immigration and counter-terrorism. She was appointed Shadow Minister for Higher Education in October 2011.

Shabana was born in Birmingham and attended local schools before winning a place at Oxford University to study Law. Whilst studying at Oxford she was involved in a number of programmes designed to increase applications to the university from students from non-traditional backgrounds, including ethnic minority students.
Shabana completed her Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law and before her election was a practising Barrister specialising in professional indemnity litigation at a leading national law firm. Shabana is an experienced litigator and has acted on a number of high value and complex cases, primarily representing defendants and their insurers. In addition to her legal career, Shabana volunteered as a supplementary school teacher where alongside her teaching responsibilities, she continued to mentor, advise and assist students from disadvantaged backgrounds, with university and job applications.
After Next Week's Budget, We Must Expose the Chancellor's Record and Make It

After Next Week's Budget, We Must Expose the Chancellor's Record and Make It Stick

The Chancellor is a smart man who managed to successfully sell the lie that the global economic recession was Labour's recession. He managed to successfully spin the line that the only measure of economic competency was the budget deficit. But this smart man knows that his luck is about to run out; his record is about to be exposed.
11/03/2016 08:51 GMT
Why I Wrote to the Editor of 'The Sun' Over Their 'One in Five Muslims'

Why I Wrote to the Editor of 'The Sun' Over Their 'One in Five Muslims' Story

Why did <em>The Sun</em> chose to misreport in this way? What was so important that they wanted to say 1 in 5 Muslims support IS rather than British Muslims are only marginally more likely than the rest of the population to have sympathy for those who go and fight in Syria? And I feel deeply uneasy about the likely answer...
30/11/2015 15:46 GMT
A Budget That Leaves Working People Worse

A Budget That Leaves Working People Worse Off

Three million working families will bear the brunt of the Chancellor's £4.5billion cuts to tax credits. These changes to tax credits - which he failed to outline prior to the election - penalise the very people in work who are trying to do the right thing by earning a wage to make ends meet.
10/07/2015 12:59 BST
Birmingham's Diversity Doesn't Separate Us, It Brings Us

Birmingham's Diversity Doesn't Separate Us, It Brings Us Together

Steve Emerson's expert opinion that "In Britain, it's not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don't go in" has created the best Twitter banter I've seen in ages. And when I've stopped laughing I will be a little bit offended. I promise...
13/01/2015 09:43 GMT
Working People Cannot Afford Five More Years of David

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David Cameron and George Osborne have presided over an unprecedented cost of living crisis. Yet listening to the Prime Minister on Wednesday you might be left with the impression that the economy has been fixed and that life is getting easier for most people. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.
01/10/2014 20:47 BST
This Lazy Discussion of Islam and Extremism Is Getting Just a Little

This Lazy Discussion of Islam and Extremism Is Getting Just a Little Tired

I'm tired of getting up in the morning and hearing of the latest Muslim plot to take over the school/the city/the world (delete as appropriate); tired of being told that praying five times a day at a mosque is extremist; tired of being treated like being a Muslim is like having some kind of disease (and if you go to Pizza Express you might catch it too, sorry about that). Having a long beard or wearing a niqab may well be religiously conservative but it is not extremist. And there is no evidence that religious conservatism within Islam leads to violence and extremism.
12/06/2014 09:33 BST