Coming from a celebrated political dynasty can often put a great deal of pressure on people to achieve. Success in that field is therefore doubly sweet when that destiny is fulfilled in a subsequent generation. One such person is
Anas Sarwar MSP
Coming from a celebrated political dynasty can often put a great deal of pressure on people to achieve. Success in that field is therefore doubly sweet when that destiny is fulfilled in a subsequent generation. One such person is MSP Anas Sarwar, who is the son of Ch. Mohammad Sarwar a former Member of British Parliament and currently the Governor of Punjab in Pakistan.
Born and bred in Glasgow, MSP Anas Sarwar was the deputy Scottish Labour leader. He was elected as the Member of Parliament for Glasgow Central on 6 May 2010, increasing the majority held by the previous MP. An active member of the Labour Party since the age of 16, Anas was selected as the number one Glasgow Regional List candidate for the party at the 2007 Scottish election.
Prior to his election, Anas worked as a Dentist in the NHS after studying at Glasgow University.
A previous recipient of the Scottish Variety Award for Best New Scottish Politician, Anas was also part of the team who campaigned to save the Govan shipyard in 2009 helping to secure over 80,000 signatures.
He also worked in partnership with others in his local community to successfully campaign for more local facilities for young people in Pollokshields and played an integral role in securing the new Muslim burial site in Glasgow which spans over 30 acres, which will last for the next 50 to 60 years.
Alongside the Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Anas was central to raising, £1M to help the recovery effort after the devastating 2010 floods in Pakistan, leading to the building of ‘Glasgow village’ in Gharibabad, South Punjab and ‘Fife village’ in Pana, Punjab.
In 2010 Anas was elected by his fellow MP’s to serve on the International Development Committee and is currently Parliamentary Private Secretary to Liam Byrne, the shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.
He is a member of the Co-operative Party and the trade union Unite.
Anas’ political priorities are shaped by his mission to ensure that the people of Glasgow get a fair deal for their city and helping to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to match their aspirations with achievement. In addition to this Anas has a keen interest in matters of foreign policy and in the fight to end poverty both at home and abroad.
He lives in Glasgow with his wife, Furheen, and two young sons.