Khalid Mahmood

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Khalid Mahmood is a British
United Kingdom
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 Labour Party
Labour Party (UK)
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 politician
Politician
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 who has been the Member of Parliament
Member of Parliament
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 (MP) for Birmingham Perry Barr since 2001
United Kingdom general election, 2001
The United Kingdom general election, 2001 was held on Thursday 7 June 2001 to elect 659 members to the British House of Commons. It was dubbed "the quiet landslide" by the media, as the Labour Party was re-elected with another landslide result and only suffered a net loss of 6 seats...

.

Political career


Mahmood is a graduate of UCE Birmingham
UCE Birmingham
Birmingham City University is a British university in the city of Birmingham, England. It is the second largest of three universities in the city, the other two being the Aston University and University of Birmingham...

 and a former engineer with a trade union background. He was a Birmingham City Council
Birmingham City Council
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lor from 1990–1992.

In 2001, Mahmood was selected for the Perry Barr seat by an election of local Labour party members.

Though Khalid held the seat for Labour in the 2001 election
United Kingdom general election, 2001
The United Kingdom general election, 2001 was held on Thursday 7 June 2001 to elect 659 members to the British House of Commons. It was dubbed "the quiet landslide" by the media, as the Labour Party was re-elected with another landslide result and only suffered a net loss of 6 seats...

, his share of the vote fell by 16.5%, much of which went to the Liberal Democrat
Liberal Democrats
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 candidate Jon Hunt, who ran on an 'anti-sleaze' ticket. Mahmood subsequently increased his share of the vote slightly at the 2005 election
United Kingdom general election, 2005
The United Kingdom general election of 2005 was held on Thursday, 5 May 2005 to elect 646 members to the British House of Commons. The Labour Party under Tony Blair won its third consecutive victory, but with a majority of 66, reduced from 160....

, though his majority fell by 805 votes. He was again elected in 2010.

Khalid rarely rebels against the Labour Party and voted in agreement with Tony Blair
Tony Blair
Anthony Charles Lynton Blair is a former British Labour Party politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2 May 1997 to 27 June 2007. He was the Member of Parliament for Sedgefield from 1983 to 2007 and Leader of the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007...

 93.1% of the time during the previous parliament. He has voted strongly for the introduction of national ID cards, student top-up fees, anti-terrorism laws and he voted very strongly against investigating the Iraq war.

He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary
Parliamentary Private Secretary
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 to Home Office Minister Tony McNulty
Tony McNulty
Anthony "Tony" James McNulty is a former British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament for Harrow East from 1997 to 2010 and was a government minister from 2002 to 2009. He was Minister for London and Minister of State for Employment and Welfare Reform at the Department for...

 from 10 November 2005 until 6 September 2006, when he resigned after signing a letter calling for Prime Minister Tony Blair to step down. Pakistani-born Mahmood stated that he was "flabbergasted and shocked" after he learned that bin Laden was living in a city with thousands of Pakistani troops, reviving questions about alleged links between al-Qaeda and elements in Pakistan's security forces.

UK MP expenses row


In May 2009 it was revealed, as part of a series of leaked UK MPs expense details
United Kingdom Parliamentary expenses scandal
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, that Mahmood claimed for £1,350 to stay in a five-star west London hotel with his girlfriend. Mahmood also claimed more than £35,000 in expenses for food over the course of his eight years as an MP.

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