Scottish Labor Party Elects First Muslim Leader ‘Anas Sawar’

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

28th Feb, 2021. 12:02 am
Anas Sarwar

On Saturday, the Scottish Labor Party has elected the first Muslim “Anas Sarwar” as their new leader.

The decision has been taken before the election for the country’s devolved parliament in May.

According to the details, Sarwar succeded Richard Leonard, who earlier had resigned from his post in January.

“I want to say directly to the people of Scotland — I know Labor has a lot of work to do to win back your trust because if we’re brutally honest you haven’t had the Scottish Labour party you deserve,” said Sarwar.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon wants to prove her party on May 6 elections to hand her a mandate to hold a second referendum on independence.

Opinion polls indicate a majority back a second referendum.

Who is Anas Sarwar?

Anas Sarwar is a member of the Scottish Labor Party since he was 16-year-old. He is the only person from his family to have political ambitions.

Anas Sarwar’s father, Mohammad Sarwar was UK’s first Muslim MP and ruled the Glasgow Central seat from, 1997 to 2010, Anas then took over till 2015 when it was won by Alison Thewlis, Scottish National Party’s member.

According to the international news publication, Sarwar he had an “unsuccessful leadership bid in 2017” after which he claimed, “one councilor had told him Scotland would not vote for him because of his religion and the color of his skin”.

“Sarwar’s most high profile role as an MSP (Member of Scottish Parliament) was as Scottish Labour’s health spokesman and he played a key role in the concern over safety issues at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital which led to a public inquiry,” the report stated.

Anas was a dentist for five years in Paisley before he became an MP. He had graduated from the University of Glasgow.

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