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Shahid Malik Member of Parliament for Dewsbury and Mirfield


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Shahid Malik is the Member of Parliament for Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. He was elected in May 2005. On entering Parliament Shahid was appointed to the influential Home Affairs Select Committee and then served as a Parliamentary private secretary to Schools Minister Jim Knight.

In 2007 he was appointed Minister for International Development in Gordon Brown's first government, making him Britain’s first Muslim Minister.

In the reshuffle of 2008 Shahid was promoted to serve as Minister for Justice and in March 2009 was asked to simultaneously serve as a Home Office Minister.

In June 2009 Shahid was given his fourth Ministerial role when Gordon Brown appointed him as a Minister at the Department for Communities and Local Government. The post has a six main areas of responsibility: The Fire and Rescue Service; Preventing Extremism; Community Cohesion and Race; the Thames Gateway (Europe’s largest regeneration area); and the Olympics Legacy.

Shahid was born and raised in Burnley, Lancashire, in a ward which had the 6th highest child poverty rate of the 8,414 wards in England and Wales. He was born into a Labour family with his mum and dad being the Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley in 2000.

Prior to entering Parliament he was elected as the first ever non-white person on the reformed National Executive Committee of the Labour Party and served alongside the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister among others. He was elected from 2000 each year until he became a MP in 2005 when he stood down.

Shahid served as the first ever Great British Commissioner to the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland appointed by the then Northern Ireland Secretary the late Mo Mowlam MP, as part of the Good Friday Agreement. He also served as Commissioner for Racial Equality in Great Britain, was Vice-Chair of UNESCO UK and national Chair of the Urban Forum fighting poverty.

Professionally, he was Chief Executive of a major regeneration agency with a £100m plus programme (at the time the country's youngest such chief executive) and advised government on community cohesion and neighbourhood renewal.

Shahid's constituency includes the towns of Dewsbury, Mirfield and Heckmondwike, each town with its own separate and strong identity sitting in the very heart of West Yorkshire in the borough of Kirklees.

Click on the links to the left to read a little about the history of each town.

West Yorkshire shown within England, and the Dewsbury constituency shown within West Yorkshire.
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