Tulip Siddiq, daughter of Sheikh Rehana,has been nominated by the Labour Party for upcoming UK general elections
Nirapad News: Tulip Siddiq, daughter of Sheikh Rehana, has been nominated by the Labour Party for the Hampstead and Kilburn constituency for the general elections scheduled for May 7.
During the last polls in 2010, the total number of voters in the constituency was 78,552, of which, almost 2,000 were Bengalis, according to the Labour Party.
“You have supported us throughout our lives. You have helped my father, mother, grandfather (Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman) and everyone. Now I seek your support,” she told a gathering of Bangladeshi expatriates on Sunday at an East London auditorium.
Bangladesh-born British MP Rushnara Ali was also present in the fund raising dinner for the elections.
“We want to see the Labour Party in power in Britain. No more coalition or Tory rule, we want to make Ed Miliband the prime minister,” said the daughter of Sheikh Hasina’s sister.
A graduate in English Literature from the University College of London, she worked for Miliband’s campaign in the 2010 elections.
The granddaughter of Bangladesh’s founding father will be pitted against Conservative Party nominee, Hampstead Town Councillor Simon Marcus in the constituency, a key battleground if Conservatives are to form a national government without a coalition.
The constituency’s current MP is Labour Party’s Glenda Jackson. In January, the former Oscar-winning actress confirmed she would not be standing for the seat again.
Representing the seat since 1992, Jackson held it by just 42 votes in 2010 in a three-way contest with the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.