Shabana Mahmood was re-elected as Labour MP for Birmingham Ladywood on May 7th 2015 with 26444 votes, taking 73.6% of the vote.
Shabana Mahmood MP was born and brought up in Small Heath, Birmingham.
Between 1981 and 1986 she lived with her family in Taif, Saudi Arabia, as her father relocated there to work as a civil engineer.
When the family returned home to Birmingham, she was educated at Small Heath School. She went on to study at the University of Oxford (Lincoln College) and graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Law.
During her time at Oxford, she was elected JCR President and she was awarded the Ashurst Morris Crisp Prize for Best Performance in the Lawyer's Ethics finals examination by the University.
After University, Shabana completed the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns Of Court School of Law, having been awarded a scholarship by Gray's Inn.
She completed her pupillage at 12 King's Bench Walk chambers in London, after which she practised as an employed Barrister, specialising in professional indemnity litigation.
She became one of the first Muslim women, and one of the first Asian women, to be elected to Parliament. In May 2015 she was appointed Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
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