More than 1,000 women will be running for elections in the United Kingdom in the general elections on December 12. Out of the 1,000, 23 women have Pakistani or Kashmiri roots.

Naz Shah is a Labour Party MP. She was appointed to a junior Shadow Ministerial role as  Shadow Minister of State for Women and Equalities.

Nine of the Pakistani origin women are running for a parliamentary seat for the Labour Party. Three out of the nine women – Yasmin Qureshi, Naz Shah and Shabana Mahmood – were members of the previous two Parliaments.

Yasmin Qureshi is with the Labour Party. She headed the criminal legal section of the UN Mission in Kosovo
Shabana Mahmood is a British Labour Party politician and barrister, who has been the Member of Parliament since 2010

Five Pakistani origin women are running for a parliamentary seat on a Conservative Party ticket. One of them – Nusrat Ghani – has been elected twice before and was also a minister in the previous two cabinets.


Nusrat Ghani, also known as Nus Ghani is with the Conservative Party.  She currently serves as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Transport and Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury

Two candidates – Irum Altaf Kiyani and Humera Kamran are contesting as independents.