Shabana Mahmood MP was born (17 September 1980) and brought up in Small Heath, Birmingham.

She was educated locally within Birmingham Ladywood constituency, at Small Heath School and went on to study at the University of Oxford (Lincoln College) and graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Law.

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.

Shabana was elected Member of Parliament for Birmingham Ladywood constituency on 6 May 2010 with a majority of 10,105. She made history in becoming one of the first Muslim women, and one of the first Asian women, to be elected to Parliament.

In 2010, Shabana was promoted to the Shadow Home Office Team as a Junior Minister and in 2011 became Shadow Minister for Higher Education. From January 2013 she was additionally responsible for science and research. In October 2013 she was promoted to the shadow Treasury Team as the Shadow Exchequer Secretary with responsibility for tax and growth policy. In May 2015 Shabana was promoted to the Shadow Cabinet as the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

More recently when Shabana stepped down from the Shadow Cabinet she has actively pursued areas where her expertise can be used to the fullest extent. She has become Chair of the PLP Justice Group and an elected member of the NEC.

Shabana says:

I grew up in a Labour family, and have been active in Labour politics from a young age. I believe passionately in social justice, fairness and equality – where you live and how wealthy your parents are should not dictate the kind of life you will have. Everyone deserves the same opportunity to succeed in life and to fulfil their potential.”