Rushanara Ali

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Rushanara Ali is the Labour MP for Bethnal Green and Bow. She entered Parliament at the 2010 general election, the former MP, George Galloway had contested the Poplar and Limehouse constituency.

Iraq Air-Strikes

In September 2014 Ms Ali resigned as Shadow Minister for Education in order to abstain in the vote on military action against IS in Iraq[1][2]. In her resignation letter she wrote:

"There can be no doubt that the actions of ISIL are horrific and barbaric, and I share the revulsion that everyone in our country feels towards them. However, I am not confident that this military action will be effective in the short-term in just targeting the terrorists and not harming innocent civilians. Nor can I pretend to have confidence that there is a credible long-term strategy to build up the capacity of the Iraqi army, or that the potential impact on radicalisation in the UK has been properly thought through. Despite good intentions, too many mistakes have been made over the last decade and far too many people in conflict zones have had to pay a high price for misconceived actions by the UK and other countries."

Same-Sex Marriage

Rushanara Ali voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[3] and its third reading in May 2013[4].



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