Chishti, Rehman

Rehman Chishti was first elected as the Conservative MP for Gillingham and Rainham in 2010, being reelected in 2019 with a majority of 15,119.

This area of Kent is traditional Conservative territory although it has backed Labour in its landslide years such as 1945, and the period between 1997 and 2010.  The seat is relatively compact and contains the Medway towns of Gillingham and Rainham.  Some 63% of the electorate backed Brexit in the 2016 EU referendum.

Born in 1978, Rehman grew up in Gillingham before completing a Law degree at the University of Wales Aberystwyth. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales at Lincolns Inn.

Rehman sat on Medway Council between 2003 and 2007, and was previously elected for the Labour Party.  He previously stood for Parliament for Horsham in 2005 for the Labour Party.

Chisti joined the Conservative Party in 2006.  A supporter of Brexit, he backed Boris Johnson in the 2019 Conservative leadership election.

In 2020, Rehman Chisti commissioned into the British Army as a Reservist. He currently works as the Senior Fellow for International Religious Freedom policy at the Religious Freedom Institute in Washington. He was previously the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief between 2019 and 2020.

Rehman Chisti is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Kuwait; Missing Children and Adults;

He enjoys running and playing squash.


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