In the British elections earlier this month, 16 Muslims were elected to the British Parliament, a dozen of these Members of Parliament (MPs) from Pakistani backgrounds.
Labour party Muslim MPs include Khalid Mehmood, Shabana Mehmood, Rozeena-Allin Khan, Yasmin Qureshi, Naz Shah, Imran Hussain, Afzal Khan, Mohammed Yasin and Faisal Rasheed, Roshanara Ali, Rupa Huq, and Tulip Siddique.
Conservative Muslims MPs in the new parliament include Nusrat Ghani, Rehman Chishti, and Sajid Javed, the communities minister.
Scottish National Party politician, Tasmeena Sheikh, lost her seat. Liberal Democratic and Conservative parties had reduced the number of Muslims running for election.
This increase was not affected by the fact that the Liberal Democratic and Conservative parties had reduced the number of Muslims running for election by nearly half.
Ashuk Ahmed, once honoured in the House of Lords for among the most “inspirational role models for British Muslims,” is no longer the Liberal Democratic candidate for the Luton South constituency. Ahmed was suspended because of pre-2014 anti-Semitic Facebook posts.
The Liberal Democrats claim to have suspended Ahmed immediately after receiving notice of the offensive content. The content included claims of Zionist control and a repost from an American hate group, AshkeNazi, which claims a “takeover” of America by Ashkenazi Jewish people.
January 28 2011
According to reports in the Volkskrant, two thirds of emigrants from the country are ethnic minority residents of the Netherlands frustrated by poor job prospects and intolerance in the country. This is particularly true for well-educated young people with Turkish or Moroccan backgrounds. An MP for the Liberal Democratic party D66 commented that “this is very bad for the economy… It is a real shame that so many well-educated people are being driven out by the symbolic drum rolls from the PVV.”