Birmingham Could See Britain's First Female Muslim MP

April 30, 2010

Author: Caroline Gall

Source: BBC News

Next week's election promises a swathe of new faces in the House of Commons.

Not only are we witnessing the largest number of MPs to retire in 60 years but, with a record number of Asian women also standing, Britain could have its first female Muslim MP.

This breakthrough moment in politics has already happened for Muslim men with Mohammad Sarwar voted in in Glasgow Central in 1997.

Khalid Mahmood was the first in England when he won the Birmingham Perry Barr seat in 2001 and the race to be among the first female Muslim MPs could also be played out in the second city.