Rushanara Ali

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Rushanara Ali

Rushanara Ali has been the Labour MP for Bethnal Green and Bow since 2010.[1] She was re-elected in 2015 after increasing her majority to 24,317.[2]


Ali was a parliamentary assistant to Oona King, former MP for Bethnal Green & Bow (1997-1999). Before that she worked on human rights issues at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2000-2001); and as a research fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (1999-2002).[3]

She worked at the Communities Directorate of the Home Office, leading a work programme in response to the 2001 disturbances in the North of England (2002-2005).[3]

Prior to her election in May 2010, she was associate director of the Young Foundation.[3]

She also worked as research assistant to Lord Young of Dartington, helping him to set up Futureversity (formerly known as Tower Hamlets Summer University) and Language Line, a national telephone interpreting company.[3]

In November 2015, Ali was appointed as a member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee. [4]

Parliamentary career

In October 2010, Ali was appointed to the Labour front bench as Shadow Minister for International Development.[3]

In September 2014, Ali resigned from the front bench in order to abstain from voting on whether Britain should use air strikes on ISIS in Iraq. She decided she would not take part in the vote as she does not believe air strikes would be effective in "targeting terrorists and not harming innocent civilians".[5]



  • Address: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
  • Telephone: 020 7219 7200
  • Email:

Web & Social media


  1. Rushanara Ali,, accessed 25 June 2013.
  2. Tom Marshall Tower Hamlets election result: Labour's Jim Fitzpatrick wins in scandal-hit borough Evening Standard, 8 May 2015, accessed 11 May 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 About Me,, accessed 25 June 2013.
  4. Dods people, 'Arrivals, moves and departures', Civil Service World, accessed 3 November 2015
  5. Ewan Palmer Labour MP Rushanara Ali Resigns Over Vote for Military Air Strikes Against Isis in Iraq International Business Times, 26 September 2014, accessed 21 October 2014