Tulip, Rushanara among London’s most influential people


The Progress 1000 celebrates London’s most influential people, highlighting those driving progress and innovation in London.

Bangladeshi-origin British lawmakers Tulip Rizwana Siddiq and Rushanara Ali have been named in the Evening Standard’s The Progress 1000 list of the most influential people in London.

Hampstead and Kilburn’s lawmaker Tulip and Bethnal Green and Bow’s lawmaker Rushanara were named in thelist which was published on Thursday.

No shrinking violet, Siddiq led calls for Britain to do more to help Syrian refugees. Having seen off the unions to stand for Labour in Hampstead and Kilburn, she also came off best when she clashed, when expecting her first child, with Deputy Speaker Eleanor Laing, who allegedly told her not to ‘play the pregnancy card’ after breaking Commons rules by leaving a debate to eat.

In a Facebook post, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s niece said: “I was honoured to find out last night that the London Evening Standard have included me in their list of 1000 most influential people in London. I must admit that the phrase ‘no shrinking violet’ never gets old!”


Rushanara was one of the MPs who nominated Corbyn for the 2015 leadership contest, said the list.

“The independent-minded MP, an early advocate of a ‘new kind of politics’, dipped her toe into the deputy leadership race but withdrew after it became clear she would struggle to gain support. She resigned as shadow minister for education and young people in September 2014 after deciding to abstain on the vote on airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq,” the list added.

Tulip and Rushanara belong to the Labour Party. They were elected as Members of Parliament in the 2015 general election.

Source: Ittefaq