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One of Boris Johnson's newly-elected Tories becomes first out Muslim elected MP in the world

Imran Ahmad-Khan won a landmark victory in Wakefield in the 2019 general election

2019-12-16

Words: Steve Brown

One of Boris Johnson’s newly elected Tories has become the first openly gay Muslim elected MP in the world.

Imran Ahmad-Khan has made international history after he was voted as the MP to represent Wakefield – a former Labour stronghold – after beating Mary Creagh by 3,358 votes.

Ahmad-Khan said at the time: "The first thing we must do is to keep faith in the people of Wakefield and...get Brexit done."

Imran is a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and is believed to be the world's first ever openly gay Muslim elected politician.

According to The Sun, he is one of 24 openly gay or bisexual Tories now in the Commons - more than any other party.

On his website, Ahmad-Khan said: “I have spent many years fighting for democracy and freedom overseas in difficult, conflict-ridden countries, including Afghanistan, Syria, and Somalia.

“These places are, at best, fragile democracies. In these distant and sometimes dangerous places, I often reflected on Britain and my Wakefield home.

“During this time, I became an even greater admirer of Britain’s democratic systems and its values of tolerance, pluralism and justice.”