Syed Kamall

Syed Salah Kamall, Baron Kamall (born 15 February 1967) is a British politician and academic. He is Professor of Politics and International Relations at St Mary's University, Twickenham and the Academic & Research Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs, a classical liberal think tank in London. He represented London as a Member of the European Parliament for the Conservative Party from 2005 to 2019, serving on the International Trade and Economic and Monetary Affairs Committees.

The Lord Kamall
Co-Chair of the European Conservatives and Reformists
In office
12 June 2014  1 July 2019
Serving with Ryszard Legutko
Preceded byMartin Callanan
Succeeded byRaffaele Fitto
Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament
In office
19 November 2013  25 November 2014
Preceded byRichard Ashworth
Succeeded byAshley Fox
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
11 February 2021
Life peerage
Member of the European Parliament
for London
In office
5 May 2005  1 July 2019[1][2]
Preceded byTheresa Villiers
Succeeded byLance Forman
Personal details
Syed Salah Kamall

(1967-02-15) 15 February 1967 (age 54)
London, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Sandira Beekoo
EducationUniversity of Liverpool
London School of Economics
City University London
WebsiteOfficial website
Parliament website

From 2013 to 2014 he served as Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament. In June 2014, Kamall was elected Leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists in the European Parliament.

In December 2020, it was announced he would be conferred a life peerage after a nomination by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.[3]


Kamall was born in Hornsey and brought up in Edmonton, London.[4] He is a Muslim,[5] and of Indo-Guyanese descent; his father migrated to London from Guyana in the 1950s.[6] He was educated at The Latymer School in Edmonton and holds a BEng from the University of Liverpool, a MSc degree from the London School of Economics and a PhD from City, University of London.

Early career

Kamall started his career as a business systems analyst for NatWest Overseas Department (1989–91). He was a Management Fellow, University of Bath School of Management (1994–96), Management Research Fellow, Leeds University Business School (1996–97), Associate Director/Consultant, Omega Partners (1997–2001), and a Consultant at SSK Consulting (2001–05). Since 2004 he has been a Visiting Fellow at Leeds University Business School where he has lectured MBA students on international business and strategy, and supervised doctoral students' research.

Before entering the European Parliament, Kamall worked as a consultant to companies on marketing, strategy and public affairs. In 2003, he started a diversity recruitment business. He is a co-founder of the Global Business Research Institute (GBRI),[7] an educational body conducting outreach to business executives, journalists and civil servants, promoting a greater understanding of globalisation and its consequences.


In 1996, Kamall wrote a book on EU telecommunications policy,[8] and has written on multinational business and telecommunications policy for such books as Management in China: The Experience of Foreign Businesses; Trade and Investment in China: The European Experience; Political and Economic Relations Between Asia and Europe: New Challenges in Economics and Management, and in such journals as Management International Review and Transnational Corporations.

Political career

Kamall (2019)

Kamall has been a member of the Conservatives since 1987 and has held various positions in the party since then: Chairman, Stockwell Ward, Vauxhall Conservative Association; Hon. Secretary, Bath Conservative Association CPC; Chairman, Eccleston Ward, and Chairman, Eccleston/Churchill CPC, Cities of London and Westminster Conservative Association; Executive Member, London Eastern Area Committee.

In May 2000, Kamall was a Conservative Candidate for the London Assembly. The following year, he was Conservative candidate for West Ham in the June 2001 General Election. He was placed fourth on the Conservative list in London for the 2004 European Parliament elections. The Conservatives won three seats and Kamall became a Member of the European Parliament in May 2005, after Theresa Villiers stepped down on being elected as an MP to the UK Parliament. In the European Parliament, he was a member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs, Legal Affairs and International Trade committees.

Kamall was placed on the "A-list" of Conservative parliamentary candidates ahead of the 2010 election[9] and was again returned to Brussels in 2014 representing London as an MEP.

He is also a contributor at the free market public policy think tank The Cobden Centre, one of Europe's think tanks based around the Austrian School of economics.[10]

In October 2018, during a debate in which Udo Bullman, the German leader of the Socialists and Democrats Group linked the political right to extremism, Kamall responded by saying that Nazis were National Socialists who followed left wing policies. There was an angry reaction from the left and he apologised for the offence caused. However, he was angered himself when Udo Bullmann, issued a press release which falsely accused Kamall of calling the S&D Nazis.[11][12][13]

In the 2019 European Parliament election, Syed Kamall lost his seat in the European Parliament.[14]

In December 2020, it was announced he would be conferred a Life Peerage after a nomination by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as part of the 2020 Political Honours list.[15] In January 2021, he was elevated to the Lords as Baron Kamall, of Edmonton in the London Borough of Enfield.[16]

Personal life

Kamall follows Islam.[5] He is married to Sandira Beekoo.[citation needed]

After leaving the European Parliament, Syed Kamall became the Academic and Research Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs and Professor of International Relations and Politics at St Mary's University, Twickenham.[17][18]

Kamall plays bass guitar and sings in a blues band called Exiled in Brussels.[citation needed] The lead guitarist is Latvian MEP Roberts Zīle;[citation needed] the drummer who also plays other instruments is Kārlis Būmeisters, who represented Latvia in the Eurovision song contest in 2005.[citation needed] Bumeisters is a well known musician in Latvia, who worked as Roberts Zile’s press officer.[citation needed]

See also


  1. "Key dates ahead". European Parliament. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  2. "Key dates ahead". BBC News Online. British Broadcasting Corporation. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  3. "Political Peerages 2020". Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  4. "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  5. "Interview: Syed Kamall MEP – "I would prefer people to have a choice, personally. I don't see why we need a shortlist."". Conservative Home.
  6. Kingston Euro MP Syed Kamall tells of terrifying Indian ordeal Archived 4 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine This Is Local London.
  7. "". Archived from the original on 18 June 2006.
  8. Kamall, Syed (1 July 1996). "Telecommunications Policy". Cartermill International via Amazon.
  9. "ConservativeHome's Seats & Candidates blog: Who is on the A-list?".
  10. "Syed Kamall | The Cobden Centre".
  11. "Tory sorry after socialism 'Nazis' remark". BBC News. 24 October 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2019 via
  12. "Conservative causes uproar in EU Parliament for Nazi comment". The Washington Times. 24 October 2018. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  13. "'You idiot!' Moment Tory MEP faces chorus of abuse for claiming Hitler 'was a socialist'". 24 October 2018. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  14. "Jeremy Hunt fears for Tory party's future after election disaster". Evening Standard. 27 May 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  15. "Boris Johnson overrides watchdog to hand Lords seat to Tory donor who backed his leadership bid". Sky News. Retrieved 23 December 2020.
  16. "Crown Office". Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  17. "Professor Syed Kamall". Institute of Economic Affairs.
  18. "Professor Syed Kamall". St Mary’s University, Twickenham.