Rushanara Ali

Elected as Labour MP for Bethal Green & Bow. During her campaign she noted, “my achievements are the achievements of the teachers and youth workers at Mulberry School and Tower Hamlets College. It was their belief in me that gave me my passport to opportunity – a place at Oxford University, and jobs in Parliament, the Institute for Public Policy Research, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Home Office, and now as an Associate Director of the Young Foundation in Bethnal Green.” Rushanara Ali was a director at the policy research body, the Young Foundation. She has served as a parliamentary assistant to former Labour MP Oona King, who described her as a ‘brainbox’.

Before joining the Young Foundation, Rushanara worked at the Communities Directorate of the Home Office, as a Team Leader, taking forward a work programme in response to the 2001 disturbances in the north of England. She has also worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research. Rushanara is a currently a Commissioner for the London Child Poverty Commission.

Her recent publications include ?The Angry East End? (with Kate Gavron in 2006), ?Parties for the Public Good ( with Fiona Mactaggart and Geoff Mulgan) and ?Life Begins at 60: What kind of NHS after 2008??.

Rushanara Ali grew up in Bethnal Green and Bow arriving from Bangladesh at the age of 7 with her family. She studied at Mulberry School and Tower Hamlets College, then going to Oxford for her PPE.