Women BD Desk:
Bangladesh origin United Kingdom’s Labour Party lawmaker and Sheikh Rehana’s daughter Tulip Siddiq has been ranked on the most influential politicians’ list in London this year, reports BSS.
Evening Standard, a London based newspaper, has ranked her name in the Westminster category on its “Progress 1000” list for 2019 according to a message received in Dhaka on Saturday (Oct 5).
Tulip, granddaughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and niece of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has been enlisted along with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove, Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson in the same category.
The newspaper published the list every year which includes the most influential individuals of London contributed to the areas like business, technology, science, politics, design, culture and the arts.
“Tulip Siddiq, MP from Hampstead & Kilburn, made headlines around the world when she delayed her caesarian section to vote against Theresa May’s Brexit deal,” Evening Standard said in a citation.
It said “if she not turned up in person, she would have lost her voting opportunity or relied on the unreliable “pairing” system. Her dramatic decision forced the Government to set up a landmark proxy voting system for expectant and new parents which is very important to us.”
She was first elected to Britain’s House of Commons in May 2015 from London’s Hampstead and Kilburn and drew global attention with her maiden speech in parliament.
Tulip had termed herself “a daughter of asylum seeker” in the speech while describing her mother Sheikh Rehana’s ordeal, as she was looking for political shelter in London after Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with most of his family members was killed on August 15 in 1975.