Tahir AliMember of Parliament for Birmingham, Hall Green
Tahir Ali is a former postal worker for Royal Mail and political officer for the Communication Workers Union. He spent 20 years on Birmingham City Council, holding a breadth of positions and responsibilities. He campaigned successfully tobe Labour MP of Birmingham Hall Green in 2019 after the previous MP Roger Godsiff was deselected. His campaign was marked by animosity from supporters of Godsiff, who stood as an independent, which resulted in three police investigations. At his declaration on election night, Ali pledged to “represent the whole of Hall Green,” and to “represent everyone equally.” He now holds the seat with a commanding 28,508. Ali leans to the left of his party, having nominated Rebecca Long-Bailey for leadership in 2020. He hit the headlines in April of 2020 for attending a funeral with over 100 mourners, despite the limit of six people directed by Birmingham City Council (due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown). The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, publicly condemned Ali’s actions, claiming they “undermin[ed] the work of the police”. In the House, he was appointed to the European Scrutiny Committee in 2020.
Official parliamentary photograph taken by Chris McAndrew, 2017, licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0