Who am I?

I am a Scottish Labour politician, currently the Scottish Parliament member for Lothians since May 2021, Shadow Minister for Culture and Europe and International Development. Born in Bangladesh, I moved to Edinburgh over 35 years ago, and studied in the city before taking over the family business in hospitality.

I have been an active member in my local community for over 30 years, supporting people from diverse backgrounds through Lothian-based charities and community organisations. I am the Chair of Edinburgh & Lothians Regional Equality Council, a post I have held for the last 10 years. I strongly believe in taking positive steps to eliminate inequality and all forms of discrimination.

My contributions to Lothian over the last three decades has not been limited to charity since during this period, I have been heavily involved in my parents’ hospitality business. Initially providing support to my now late father, since taking control, I have expanded the family business and created many local jobs for the Lothian economy.

It has been through representing the community and meeting with local MSPs and councillors that I became involved with the Labour Party.