Anas Sarwar

Anas Sarwar (born 14 March 1983) is a Scottish politician who has served as Leader of the Scottish Labour Party since 2021. He has been a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Glasgow region since 2016, having been Member of Parliament (MP) for Glasgow Central from 2010 to 2015. Ideologically, he identifies as a Brownite.

Anas Sarwar

Sarwar in 2017
Leader of the Scottish Labour Party
Assumed office
27 February 2021
DeputyJackie Baillie
UK party leaderKeir Starmer
Preceded byRichard Leonard
Acting
24 October 2014  13 December 2014
UK party leaderEd Miliband
Preceded byJohann Lamont
Succeeded byJim Murphy
Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party
In office
17 December 2011  13 December 2014
LeaderJohann Lamont
Preceded byJohann Lamont
Succeeded byKezia Dugdale
Shadow posts
Scottish Labour Spokesperson for the Constitution
In office
16 November 2020  1 March 2021
Leader
  • Richard Leonard
  • Jackie Baillie (Acting)
Preceded byAlex Rowley
Succeeded byColin Smyth
Scottish Labour Spokesperson for Health and Sport
In office
25 May 2016  4 October 2018
Leader
  • Kezia Dugdale
  • Richard Leonard
Preceded byJenny Marra
Succeeded byMonica Lennon
Shadow Minister for International Development
In office
5 November 2014  8 May 2015
LeaderEd Miliband
Preceded byAlison McGovern
Succeeded byMike Kane
Parliamentary offices
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
Assumed office
5 May 2016
Member of Parliament
for Glasgow Central
In office
6 May 2010  30 March 2015
Preceded byMohammad Sarwar
Succeeded byAlison Thewliss
Personal details
Born (1983-03-14) 14 March 1983 (age 38)
Glasgow, Scotland
Political partyScottish Labour
Spouse(s)
Furheen Ashrif
(m. 2006)
Children3
RelativesMohammad Sarwar (father)
Alma materUniversity of Glasgow
Websiteanassarwar.co.uk

Born in Glasgow to Pakistani Muslim parents, Sarwar was educated at the independent Hutchesons' Grammar School and studied general dentistry at the University of Glasgow. He worked in Paisley as a dentist until being elected as Member of Parliament for Glasgow Central at the 2010 general election when he succeeded his retiring father, Mohammad Sarwar. During his time in the House of Commons, he served as Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party from 2011 to 2014.

Sarwar lost his seat to the Scottish National Party (SNP) at the 2015 general election. After leaving Westminster, he was elected at the 2016 Scottish Parliament election on the Glasgow regional list. Having been defeated in the 2017 Scottish Labour leadership election by Richard Leonard, he was elected as Leader of the Scottish Labour Party in the 2021 leadership election. Sarwar led Scottish Labour into the 2021 Scottish Parliament election, which saw the worst ever result for Scottish Labour since devolution, with two fewer Labour MSPs returned than at the previous election.[1] Although he was defeated by incumbent First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Glasgow Southside, Sarwar was reelected as a list MSP for Glasgow.