UK Muslim Minister Makes History in Parliament

LONDON – Nus Ghani has made history by becoming the first female Muslim minister to speak from the House of Commons dispatch box.

“Made my debut as @transportgovuk Minister and made a bit of history as the first female Muslim Minister to speak from the House of Commons dispatch box,” she tweeted soon after her first Commons outing in her new role, The BBC reported.

The dispatch box is the designated place where ministers stand and speak from in the Commons.

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The 45-year-old was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for Transport by British Prime Minister Theresa May as part of her New Year’s reshuffle last week.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said her promotion proved the Tories “were a party of opportunity,” having produced the first woman prime minister as well.

“We’re the party to provide… the first Muslim woman minister to speak from the government dispatch box – the member for Wealden,” he said.

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“I congratulate her – I’m very proud to sit alongside her.”

Ghani, 45, worked for charities and the BBC World Service before first standing as a Conservative Party candidate in Birmingham in the 2010 general election.

This is not the first time for the rising Muslim politician to make history.

In 2015, she became the first Conservative party Muslim female candidate to be elected to Parliament.

After the June 2017 snap election, she made history after she repeated her oath of allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II in Urdu when she was sworn into Parliament.

“My motivation is simple. My parents are incredibly proud that I have been elected to serve as MP and I wanted to honour my mother by speaking in a language she understands and my mother tongue,” she had said at the time.