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Ali in June 2017
Shadow Minister for Education
In office
8 October 2013 – 26 September 2014
Leader Ed Miliband
Member of Parliament
for Bethnal Green and Bow
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by George Galloway
Majority 35,393 (72%)
Personal details
Born 14 March 1975 (age 44)
BishwanathSylhet, Bangladesh
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Residence London, United Kingdom
Alma mater University of Oxford
Tower Hamlets College
Profession Politician

Ali was born in Burki, Lamakazi, BishwanathSylhet, Bangladesh.[1] With her family, Ali emigrated to the East End of London at the age of seven, where she attended Mulberry School for Girls and Tower Hamlets College. She grew up in Tower Hamlets where her father was a manual labourer.[citation needed] The first in her family to go to university, Ali studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St John's College of the University of Oxford.[2]

Rushanara Ali MP (Bengaliরুশনারা আলীSylhetiꠞꠥꠡꠘꠣꠞꠣ ꠀꠟꠤ; born 14 March 1975) is a British Labour Party politician and Associate Director of the Young Foundation, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bethnal Green and Bow since 2010. Previously Shadow Minister for International Development, in the 2013 Labour reshuffle, Ali joined the Shadow Education team. She resigned from the Labour frontbench to abstain on a House of Commons motion permitting military action in Iraq in September 2014