Standing up for Fairness, Equality and Justice
Who I am?
I am a self-made individual and working-class woman with grassroots experience. Being an immigrant from Pakistan, I have faced my fair share of difficulties, struggles and hardships, which have shaped me into the person I am today.
Growing up in a family where my father had a keen interest in world politics and current affairs, I learned from a young age the value of hard work and dedication. My father, a working-class man, worked tirelessly to provide the best possible education to his children. However, after coming to England as a young girl from a small city, I experienced some of the harshest realities of my life. It was then that I started my journey into practical life.
I started my first job as a sales assistant in a small boutique to support myself. While working during the days, I attended evening classes to better myself and attain the necessary skills to survive in a competitive world. I was determined to overcome all the difficulties and challenges that came my way during my early years in this country. Growing up, I observed the injustice, inequality, manipulation and exploitation in society, and knew that I had to do something to make a change.
It was my own difficulties, struggles and hardships that made me understand and empathize with the pain and sufferings of others. In 2007, an acquaintance suggested that I should join politics due to my desire to help others and bring about change. Over the years, I met many disillusioned people who had lost faith in the system and were fed up with self-serving career politicians.
In 2010, I contested in the council elections from the Perivale ward in Ealing North, against three sitting Tory councillors, and topped the ballot. I was elected for a second time from the split ward of Cleveland in Ealing North, which is now held by Labour.
My record of community engagement
“Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.”John Maxwell
As an elected Local Councillor in Ealing North, I have diligently endeavoured to address the concerns of my constituents. Notably, in 2012, I championed the cause to save Perivale Library, which was under threat of closure. Additionally, I passionately campaigned to persuade HS2 to tunnel under Ealing and Northolt, to mitigate the environmental impact of the proposed high-speed railway. In pursuit of preserving essential healthcare services, I worked alongside local residents, activists, party members, and trade unions to prevent the closure of our hospitals and A&E department in Ealing.
In collaboration with council officers and other stakeholders, I have been closely involved in delivering several successful improvement projects in Perivale and Cleveland wards in Ealing North. Irrespective of the issue, whether it be local parking matters or planning developments, I have steadfastly represented my constituents, always striving to act in their best interests.
Ealing North deserves a representative who is genuinely committed to fighting for their rights and interests. I am that representative. My record as a Local Councillor speaks for itself, as I have consistently stood up for my constituents, working diligently to ensure that their voices are heard.
As the next MP for Ealing North, I will bring the same level of passion, dedication, and commitment to fighting for our community’s needs within Parliament. I will continue to work tirelessly to secure the best outcomes for our residents, regardless of their background or circumstances.
Ealing North faces numerous challenges, particularly in the wake of a decade of Tory austerity and cuts. We need someone who will stand up against these cuts, and who will work tirelessly to ensure that our frontline services are protected. As a Local Councillor, I have always been a vocal opponent of cuts to essential services, and I will continue to do so as an MP.
My vision for Ealing North is one of growth, prosperity, and equality. I believe that we can create a community where everyone has the opportunity to thrive and succeed, regardless of their background or circumstances. To achieve this, we need strong and committed leadership, leadership that is willing to fight for our community’s needs.