Tulip Siddiq in the list of most influential politicians of London

Published: 05 Oct 2019 | Updated: 06 Oct 2019   

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Tulip Siddiq is named in the list of the most influential politicians of London on The Progress 1000 list of the Evening Standard.

Bangladeshi origin Tulip, granddaughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and niece of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has been listed in the Westminster category.

Tulip, daughter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s younger sister Sheikh Rehana, was first elected to Britain’s House of Commons in May 2015 from London’s Hampstead and Kilburn, and drew global attention with her maiden speech in parliament.

The politicians who are also enlisted in the same category include Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove, Health Secretary Matt Hancock, and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.

The Progress 1000 is created to spotlight and celebrate the capital’s most influential individuals annually across a range of areas including business, technology, science, politics, design, architecture, culture and the arts.

“Tulip Siddiq MP for Hampstead & Kilburn – made headlines around the world when she delayed her caesarian section to vote against Theresa May’s Brexit deal,” read the citation.

“Had she not turned up in person she would have lost her vote or relied on the unreliable “pairing” system. Her dramatic decision forced the Government to set up a landmark proxy voting system for expectant and new parents.”

That speech, which highlighted the safety Britain offered refugees and asylum seekers during a debate on the European Union Referendum Bill, found a place among the BBC’s most memorable maiden speeches in the British parliament.

Tulip had termed herself “a daughter of asylum seeker” in the speech while describing her mother Sheikh Rehana’s ordeal, as she had to flee Bangladesh as a political refugee when the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu was killed in 1975.

One Oliver Denton in a Facebook post wrote: “Such a classic Tulip Siddiq thing - she wins a spot in the Evening Standard #Progress1000 at the glitziest night in the political calendar - and she was at home tucking her kids up in bed instead of out on the town. Well done Tulip, we’re proud of you! You’ve got your priorities right.”


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