Imran Ahmad KhanMember of Parliament for Wakefield
Imran Ahmed Khan delivered one of the big results of election night in 2019 when he won the strongly Vote Leave seat of Wakefield with a majority of 3,358, becoming the first Conservative MP for Wakefield since 1932. A proud Yorkshireman, he was privately educated and attended the Pushkin Institute in Moscow to study Russian, as well as obtaining a Bachelor’s in War Studies. Khan had a varied career that saw him work for the United Nations in Mogadishu, and as a consultant for M&C Saatchi. Having worked as a counter-terrorism expert, he joked that his experience in Somalia and Afghanistan would aid him to build bridges post-Brexit (which he strongly supported). Khan was accused by his opponents of being “parachuted” into the seat of Wakefield: in response, he literally parachuted in. He was claimed as “openly gay” by the LGBT+ Conservatives group, attracting media attention for supposedly becoming the first openly gay Conservative Muslim MP. Khan has since clarified that he is merely a supporter of the group. In 2020, Khan established the Wakefield Together initiative in response to Covid-19; he sourced 110,000 face masks for groups in Yorkshire and Vietnam.
Official parliamentary photograph taken by Chris McAndrew, 2017, licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0