Pathways into Politics: Perspectives from British BME political leaders

12th July, 7-9 pm, Bradford City Hall


John Grogan MP Keighley & Ilkley (Labour)

Imran Hussein MP (TBC) (Labour)

Councillor Fozia Shaheen (Labour), Toller Ward, Bradford

Councillor Hashim Bhatti (Conservative),Royal Borough Of Windsor and Maidenhead

Councillor Salma Arif (Labour), Leeds City

Councillor Kaltum Osman Rivers (Green), Sheffield


To confirm your attendance you must email Jordan Morgan, UK Programme Manager :

As part of Forward Thinking’s ‘Building Bridges’ Programme, we are facilitating a roundtable discussion for young leaders on 12th July, 7-9pm, Bradford City Hall, titled ‘Pathways into Politics: Perspectives from British BME Political Leaders’ .

The event will bring together a cross-party panel of political leaders to share their expertise and experience on the challenges, the opportunities and the diverse paths a career into politics can take. You will hear from a range of party representatives who will share their experiences of balancing the diverse needs of the constituents and communities they serve, both at a local and national political level. Participants will include young Muslim/BME leaders at different stages of their professional careers, representatives from civil society organisations, community activists and those aspiring to a career in politics.

The inaugural Pathways into Politics event was launched in the House of Commons with Parliamentary support on 18th April 2018 and chaired by Dominic Grieve QC MP. Report can be downloaded for free here.

Speaker Bios:

John Grogan MP Keighley & Ilkley (Labour) – is a British Labour Party politician, who is the current Member of Parliament (MP) for Keighley. He was formerly Member of Parliament for Selby between 1997 and 2010.

Imran Hussein MP (TBC) (Labour) – Imran Hussain is a British Labour Party politician and a barrister. He is the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Bradford East

Councillor Hashim Bhatti (Conservative): The first British Pakistani to be selected by the Conservative Party in Windsor for the local council elections and Chair of the youth wing of the Conservative Muslim Forum.

Councillor Fozia Shaheen (Labour)- Councillor for Toller Ward, Bradford, she was awarded Young Councillor of the Year, 2016, for demonstrating a commitment to working for her community.

Councillor Salma Arif (Labour): One of the youngest councillors to be elected to Leeds City Council with over 70% of the vote.