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Nusrat Ghani

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport
Assumed office
9 January 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Boris Johnson
Preceded byPaul Maynard
Lord Commissioner of the Treasury
Assumed office
11 July 2019
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Boris Johnson
Preceded byPaul Maynard
Member of Parliament
for Wealden
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded byCharles Hendry
Majority23,268 (39%)
Personal details
Born (1972-09-01) 1 September 1972 (age 46)
Birmingham, England
Political partyConservative
Alma materBirmingham City University
University of Leeds
WebsiteOfficial website

Nusrat Munir Ul-Ghani[1] MP (born 1 September 1972) is a British Conservative Party politician who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wealden in East Sussex.[2] She currently serves as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Transport and Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Ghani was born in Birmingham on 1 September 1972, the daughter of parents from Azad Kashmir, Pakistan.[4][5] Ghani was educated in state schools before studying at Birmingham City University, and after graduating, for a master's degree at Leeds University.[6]

She was employed by the charities Age UK and Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and later for the BBC World Service.[7]

Ghani first stood as a parliamentary candidate for Birmingham Ladywood at the 2010 general election, finishing third.[7]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Following the announcement of sitting MP Charles Hendry's retirement at the next election, Ghani was selected in December 2013 at an open primary in which anyone on the electoral register in Wealden could attend and vote.[8] The primary attracted nearly 400 residents.[9][10][11][12] In the 2015 general election Ghani became the first female MP to hold the seat,being elected with a majority of 22,967.[13] In the 2017 general election Ghani won 61.2% of the votes, increasing her majority to 23,628.[13]

In July 2015, she was appointed as a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee.[14]

In 2016, Ghani worked with Barnardo's, the UK's oldest children's charity to undertake an independent inquiry into harmful child sexual behaviour.[15]

In July 2017, Ghani was promoted to Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Home Office.[16] Ghani was involved in producing reports on home affairs, security, hate crime, policing and immigration.[17]

In 2017, Ghani chaired the Government's Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network [18]

She described Sir John Sawers, ex-MI6 chief, as providing only “gloom and doom” about Brexit.[19]

In January 2018 Ghani was appointed an Assistant Whip and a Minister within the Department for Transport. Ghani was the first Muslim woman minister to speak from the House of Commons Dispatch box.[20]

Committee Work and APPGs[edit]

Position Group/Committee Year
Member Home Affairs Select Committee [21] 2015
Member Armed Forces Bill Committee [21] 2015
Chair Conservative Rural Affairs Group [22] 2015
Chair All Party Parliamentary Group on Sight Loss [23] 2015
Chair All Party Parliamentary Group on Ageing and Older People [24] 2015
Vice-Chair All Party Parliamentary Group on Thalidomide [25] 2015
PPS Home Office [16] 2017

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "No. 61230". The London Gazette. 18 May 2015. p. 9121.
  2. ^ "Nusrat Ghani MP". Parliament of the United Kingdom.
  3. ^ correspondent, Peter Walker Political (9 January 2018). "Theresa May's junior ministerial reshuffle: who's in and who's out". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Kashmir origin woman Nusrat Ghani elected as UK's Parliament member". Only Kashmir. 9 May 2015. Archived from the original on 10 September 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Ten of Pakistani origin make it to British parliament". Dawn. 9 May 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  6. ^ Haque, Mozammel (May 2015). "British Muslims and the UK General Elections 2015". The Muslim Weekly. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  7. ^ a b "My life's story is not one of a traditional politician". Nus Ghani Parliamentary Candidate for Wealden.[dead link]
  8. ^ "Nus Ghani chosen by Tories to stand for Wealden". Uckfield News. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  9. ^ "RESULT: Conservative Nus Ghani wins Wealden seat". Kent and Sussex Courier. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Nusrat Ghani selected in open primary to succeed Charles Hendry MP as Wealden Conservative Candidate". Wealden Conservatives.
  11. ^ "UK Polling Report - UKPR ELECTION GUIDE - Wealden". Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Nus Ghani for Wealden". Wealden Conservatives.
  13. ^ a b "Election 2017: Wealden parliamentary constituency". BBC News. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Home Affairs Committee: Committee membership announced". Parliament.UK. 8 July 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  15. ^ "Now I know it was wrong: Report of the parliamentary inquiry into support and sanctions for children who display harmful sexual behaviour" (PDF). Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  16. ^ a b Dods People (3 July 2017). "Latest civil service & public affairs moves". Civil Service World. Dods (Group) PLC.
  17. ^ "Publications - Home Affairs Committee". UK Parliament. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  18. ^ "Network established to encourage diversity in apprenticeships - GOV.UK". Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  19. ^ Wintour, Patrick (19 December 2017). "Brexit will cause loss of influence on scale of 1970s, says ex-MI6 chief". The Guardian.
  20. ^ "A first for Muslim women in Commons". BBC News. 2018. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  21. ^ a b "Nusrat Ghani MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  22. ^ "Contacts". CRAG. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  23. ^ Commons, The Committee Office, House of. "House of Commons - Register Of All-Party Parliamentary Groups as at 15 February 2017: Eye Health and Visual Impairment". Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  24. ^ Commons, The Committee Office, House of. "House of Commons - Register Of All-Party Parliamentary Groups as at 2 May 2017: Ageing and Older People". Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  25. ^ Commons, The Committee Office, House of. "House of Commons - Register Of All-Party Parliamentary Groups as at 2 May 2017: Thalidomide". Retrieved 9 June 2017.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Hendry
Member of Parliament
for Wealden