Granddaughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s niece Tulip Siddiq has received the ‘Labour Newcomer MP of the Year’ award at the annual Patchwork Foundation Awards in Westminster.
She received the award from the Speaker of The House, John Bercow, recently, according to her Facebook post.
“I was so proud to receive a certificate for Labour Newcomer of the Year and to speak to the brilliant volunteers about life as an MP”, she wrote in her reaction.
Born in 1982, she studied English Literature for her Bachelor's and Master's at the University College of London and politics and policy for a second master's at King's College.
She drew global attention with her maiden speech in parliament after her first election in 2015 to Britain’s House of Commons from London’s Hampstead and Kilburn. Tulip termed herself “a daughter of asylum seeker” in the speech while describing her mother Rehana’s ordeal, as the Bangabandhu’s daughters had to flee Bangladesh as a political refugee when he was killed in 1975.
The Patchwork Foundation is a UK-wide organisation that supports the integration of different communities into British democracy and civil society.
Patchwork’s annual awards provide politicians with the opportunity to reflect on the projects and campaigns led by the organisation. Tulip is known for her hard work over the last year on a wide range of issues, including the campaign to Free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, and on Early Years.