Tulip Siddiq

Tulip Rizwana Siddiq, FRSA (Bengali: টিউলিপ রেজওয়ানা সিদ্দীক; born 16 September 1982) is a British Labour and Co-operative Party politician. She was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Hampstead and Kilburn at the 2015 general election. She is vice-chairwoman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism and a member of the Women and Equalities Select Committee. She was previously a councillor for Regent’s Park and Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities in Camden Council.

At the age of 16, Siddiq joined the Labour Party.[8] She has worked for Amnesty International,[10] the Greater London Authority,[20] political consultancy at Philip Gould Associates,[10] Save the Children, and Brunswick, where she worked on corporate social responsibilities initiatives for major British manufacturers, as well as MPs Oona King, Sadiq Khan and[18] Harry Cohen. Siddiq worked on Ed Miliband’s campaign to be leader of the Labour Party,[20] and as a special advisor to Tessa Jowell.[8] She has campaigned for political parties internationally, and in 2008, she campaigned for Barack Obama in the U.S.[18]

In a 2006 by-election, Siddiq stood for Camden Council but did not win. It was a safe Liberal Democrats seat which had been held by them for 25 years.[1] In May 2010, in the Camden election, Siddiq became the first Bengali female councillor in Camden Council,[21] where she was Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities until May 2014.[22]

In July 2013, Siddiq was selected as the Labour prospective parliamentary candidate for the Hampstead and Kilburn constituency in the 2015 general election, following a vote by local party members,[23][24][25][26][27][28][29] despite being the victim of a smear campaign.[30]

During 2013 and 2014, after being selected as Labour candidate, she campaigned on various topics, including against the proposed high-speed railway expansion High Speed 2,[31] and in opposition to high pay day lender charges on Kilburn High Road.[23] She has also campaigned in support of local services, such as to keep Belsize Fire Station open,[32] to improve disabled access at West Hampstead tube station[33] and to save the Swiss Cottage post office.

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