Nusrat Ghani is a Member of Parliament for Wealden in East Sussex since 2015. Nusrat is the British Conservative Party politician serving since 2015, also she is the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Transport and Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury.
She recently made news as a result of a story in The Sunday Times. Nusrat said in the piece that her faith was one of the numerous reasons she was sacked from Johnson’s cabinet. The 49-year-old British politician was fired as a junior transport minister during a cabinet reshuffle in February 2020.
Ghani informed the British daily that she had been told by a whip who enforces parliamentary discipline that her Muslimness had been brought up as a reason for her dismissal. “My muslim woman minister position was making colleagues uncomfortable,” Nusrat continued. Mark Spencer is the government’s whip and the person at the center of the storm.
Chief Webb Spencer stated in a series of tweets that he never used the terms reading out one of his tweets. When this issue was brought up in front of Miss Ghani, she refused to report it to the conservative party for an official investigation. I testified at the Singh investigation into Islamophobia, which found no serious evidence to support the claims.
Ghani also emailed Prime Minister Johnson about her interactions with the government, according to a recent tweet, and the British Prime Minister answered by saying he couldn’t get involved. Dominic Raab, the UK’s deputy prime minister, has declared that Islamophobia is a serious accusation that needs to be investigated.
Many British lawmakers, including Education Secretary Nadim Zahawai, have expressed their support for the Tory MP “Racism of any kind, including Islamophobia, has no place in our conservative party. Ghani is a friend, a comrade, and a skilled legislator, and his case must be thoroughly probed and racism eliminated.” Ghani is a friend and a credit to the conservative party, Health Secretary Sajid Javid later tweeted, adding, “This is a very serious situation that needs a proper inquiry. I would strongly back her in making a formal complaint she must be heard.”
One of Ghani’s conservative colleagues claimed that Downing Street officials, including government whips, attempted to blackmail MPs who wanted Boris Johnson ousted from office. Sue Gray’s inquiry into parties held at number 10 during the coronavirus lockdowns is anticipated to be finished soon, thus the new controversy comes at an inconvenient time.
Who is Nusrat Ghani?
Bordesley Green Girls’ School was where she finished her education. She then got a BA in government and politics from Birmingham City University, followed by a master’s degree in international relations from Leeds University. She served as Lord Commissioner in the HM Treasury from July to December 2019. She was the Minister of Transport and Maritime Affairs at the Department of Transport in January 2018. (DFT).
As Minister for Maritime, Minister for the Year of Engineering, and Minister for HS2, buses, and taxis, as well as accessibility across all modes of transportation, Ghani oversaw a vast portfolio at the Department of Transport during her term. She also coordinated the government’s deployment of the HS2 high-speed rail network and controlled and oversaw the Maritime and Coastguard Agencies, as well as UK Lighthouses.
From December 2020 to the present, she is the Trustee in the Seafarers UK. Also, since April 2020 she is the senior fellow in the Policy exchange. Since June 2020, Ghani is the UK Representative at NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Then, in May 2015 she became the Member of Parliament for Wealden.
Besides, she is serving on the Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy Select Committee. Furthermore, as a chairman on the Panel of Chairs, overseeing Westminster Hall debates. Ghani’s previous roles include Transport Minister, focusing specifically on maritime, HS2, buses and taxis, as well as accessibility across all modes of transport; Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Home Office; Lord Commissioner at HM Treasury; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Transport.
Also, Ghani worked on both the Home Affairs Select Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee, examining some of the big security and international issues of our time, such as Daesh and the refugee crisis. Then, she served as the Chair of the Prime Minister’s Apprenticeship Diversity Network, a member of the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission.
Who is Nus Ghani Husband?
Nus Ghani is married to David Wheeldon, together they share two children.
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