Tulip SiddiqMember of Parliament for Hampstead and Kilburn
Tulip Siddiq had the honour of winning what was billed as “Britain’s most marginal seat”, despite what she describes as a “smear campaign” designed to alienate both Jewish and Muslim voters from her. Siddiq, whose maternal grandfather was the first president of Bangladesh, grew up in Hampstead and said her Muslim family “embraced multi-cultural Britain.” As a Muslim MP in a constituency that sits at the centre of North London’s Jewish community, Siddiq regularly speaks at synagogues and sent her daughter to a Jewish nursery. She was also formerly the vice-chair of the APPG against anti-Semitism. In 2016, Siddiq backed Owen Smith in the Labour leadership election and, although she took a role on the Labour front bench as shadow education minister, resigned in January 2017 over Labour’s three-line whip on the vote to trigger Article 50. This rebellion reflects her personal views and those of her constituents: she is MP for one of the top 10 most pro-Remain constituencies in the UK. Siddiq has sat on the women and equalities committee and the public administration and constitutional affairs committee. In 2020, she was appointed shadow minister for early years.
Official parliamentary photograph taken by Chris McAndrew, 2017, licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0