Khalid Mahmood (British politician)

Khalid Mahmood (born 13 July 1961) is a British Labour Party politician serving as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Birmingham Perry Barr since 2001. He served on the Labour front bench as a shadow Foreign Office minister under leader Jeremy Corbyn, and a shadow Defence minister under leader Keir Starmer until his resignation in 2021.

Khalid Mahmood

Mahmood in 2019
Shadow Minister for Defence Procurement
In office
9 April 2020  13 April 2021
LeaderKeir Starmer
Preceded byStephen Morgan
Succeeded byChris Evans
Shadow Minister for Europe
In office
6 October 2016  9 April 2020
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byFabian Hamilton
Succeeded byCatherine West
Member of Parliament
for Birmingham Perry Barr
Assumed office
7 June 2001
Preceded byJeff Rooker
Majority15,317 (36.3%)
Personal details
Born (1961-07-13) 13 July 1961 (age 60)
Pakistan-administered Kashmir
Political partyLabour
Alma materUCE Birmingham

Early life and education

Khalid Mahmood was born on 13 July 1961 in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.[1] He studied at UCE Birmingham.

Mahmood is a former engineer with a trade union background.[2] He was a Birmingham City Councillor from 1990 to 1993.[1]

Political career

Mahmood was elected as the MP for Birmingham Perry Barr in the 2001 general election, becoming the first Muslim MP in England.[3][4] He held his seat at the 2005 general election. In November 2005 he was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Tony McNulty, then a minister in the Home Office. He resigned in September 2006 along with several colleagues after signing a letter calling for Tony Blair to resign as prime minister.[5]

In May 2009, it was reported, as part of a series of leaked UK MPs expense details, that Mahmood claimed for £1,350 to stay in a five-star west London hotel with his girlfriend.[6] He also claimed more than £35,000 in expenses for food over eight years.[7]

He was again elected in the 2010 general election. Mahmood opposed the decision by Birmingham College in 2013 to ban students wearing veils.[8] In January 2015, he was nominated for the Politician of the Year award at the British Muslim Awards.[9]

Mahmood was re-elected at the 2015 general election. He was appointed as Shadow Europe Minister in October 2016. He was re-elected in the 2017 general election.

In 2019, it was reported by the Birmingham Mail that Mahmood was the most expensive Birmingham MP in 2018, claiming £210,183 in expenses.[10]

He initially supported Brexit in the 2016 European Union membership referendum, but switched to Remain just before the vote.[11]

Mahmood was re-elected in the 2019 general election. After the election he announced that he would stand in the 2020 Labour Party deputy leadership election,[12] but pulled out of the contest in January 2020.[13] In March 2020, Mahmood defended the anti-racist campaigner Trevor Phillips from claims of Islamophobia, saying that Labour had "lost its way" after it had suspended Phillips. Mahmood said that the move to discipline Phillips had brought "disrepute" on the party.[14]

After Keir Starmer became leader of the Labour Party, Mahmood was appointed as Shadow Minister for Defence Procurement.[15]

As of March 2021, Mahmood is a member of seven All-Party Parliamentary Groups, namely the groups for Bahrain, Cyber Security, International Relations, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Sovereign Defence Capability, and Terrorism.[16]

Mahmood voted against the controversial Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill's second reading on 16 March 2021.[17]

On 13 April 2021,[18] Mahmood resigned from the shadow frontbench, saying that his party had been taken over by "a London-based bourgeoisie, with the support of brigades of woke social media warriors".[19] He later spoke to Spiked about his decision.[20]

Personal life

In January 2014, Mahmood underwent a kidney transplant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Edgbaston, Birmingham, receiving an organ from a donor later revealed to be the Labour politician Siôn Simon.[21][22][23] He had been on dialysis, following kidney failure in 2008.[21] His twin brother had previously died from kidney failure.[22]

Mahmood is a member of Unite the Union.[12]

Employment tribunal

In 2018, it was reported that Mahmood became involved in an employment tribunal brought about by his parliamentary assistant, Elaina Cohen, with whom he was formerly in a 17-year relationship. The basis of the complaints were those of religious discrimination. Elaina Cohen is Jewish.

It emerged that the costs of the legal battle were covered by a Parliamentary expenses system, which was ultimately funded by the tax-payer. The total cost to the tax-payer was reported to be almost £40,000.[24][25]

Coronavirus vaccination

It was reported that, despite being in Tier 4 of the Government's priority list for the UK's COVID-19 vaccination, Mahmood was vaccinated in December 2020 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, despite calls from NHS management that the public would be turned away without an appointment.[26] Tier 4 would mean Mahmood would normally have to wait until March 2021 before receiving the vaccine from the NHS.[citation needed]


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