Scotland elects female Muslim MP

5/17/2021 2:29 PM
Muslim MSP Anum Qaisar-Javed

Anum Qaisar-Javed is the latest Muslim MP in Westminster after the Scottish National Party won the Airdrie and Shotts by-election.

The 28-year-old modern studies teacher was a Labour activist until the independence referendum in 2014.

She received 10,129 votes, winning the seat with a reduced majority of 1,757 over her Labour opponent.

After her win, Qaisar-Javed said: "We talk about reasons such as a lack of role models, and it has taken till 2021, but now we have two women of colour in the Scottish Parliament."

"But I don’t just want women of colour to look at me, or people of colour, I want anyone from any minority group to be able to look at me and say ‘if she can do it, so can I’."

The SNP returned its first female Muslim MP, Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh in 2015.