Name: Apsana Begum
Born: 25 May 1990
Constituency: Poplar and Limehouse
Apsana Begum is a British Labour party politician born on 25 May 1990 in Shadwell, London, England. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from Queen Mary University of London. Apsana represents the Poplar and Limehouse constituency.
She was born into a Bengali Muslim family. She has five sisters and a brother. Her family’s roots are in Ludorpur village of Jagannathpur, Sunamganj District, Bangladesh.
Begum worked as an Executive Support and Admin for Tower Hamlets Council from 2011 to 2013. From 2014 to 2015, she worked as a Workforce Diversity Project Officer for Tower Hamlets Homes, and from 2016 until 2018, she has held the post of Equality and Diversity Officer at Queen Mary University of London.
At the 2019 general election, Begum was chosen to run for the safe Labour district of Poplar and Limehouse. She was backed by left-wing organization Momentum, which nominated her from an all-women shortlist.
She is the UK’s first Muslim woman MP to wear the hijab. In November 2020, Begum said that the Labour Party “has been in denial” about Islamophobia. Subsequently, Begum secured Parliament’s support for a motion condemning an increase in racially charged assaults and Islamophobia both at home and abroad.
Begum has expressed her concerns regarding the COVID-19 epidemic’s effect on low-income families and black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) individuals. She said that the communities were more vulnerable due to the number of people who worked in the health sector.
Last Election Results:
Apsana Begum won 38,660 votes out of a possible 61,276. This represents a 63.1% share and a 28,904 majority in her constituency. There was a voter turnout of 66.7%.
Voting History Snapshot
Voted Nay to the Health and Social Care Levy Bill: Third Reading
Voted Nay to the Nationality and Borders Bill: Second Reading
Voted Aye to the Armed Forces Bill: Report Stage Amendment 1
Voted Nay to the Police, Crime, Sentencing, and Courts Bill: Third Reading
Voted Aye to the Opposition day: Covid-19 secure borders
Voted Aye to the Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2021
Voted Aye to the Opposition Motion: Free School Meals
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