Nadhim Zahawi

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Nadhim Zahawi
MP
Member of Parliament
for Stratford-on-Avon
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byJohn Maples
Majority11,346 (22.4%)
Personal details
Born(1967-06-02) 2 June 1967 (age 46)[1]
Baghdad, Iraq
NationalityBritish
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Lana Zahawi
Children2 Sons 1 Daughter
Alma materUniversity College London
OccupationMember of Parliament
Websitezahawi.com
 
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Nadhim Zahawi
MP
Member of Parliament
for Stratford-on-Avon
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byJohn Maples
Majority11,346 (22.4%)
Personal details
Born(1967-06-02) 2 June 1967 (age 46)[1]
Baghdad, Iraq
NationalityBritish
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Lana Zahawi
Children2 Sons 1 Daughter
Alma materUniversity College London
OccupationMember of Parliament
Websitezahawi.com

Nadhim Zahawi (Arabic: ناظم الزهاوي‎, Nāḍim az-Zahāwī; born 2 June 1967[1]) is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Stratford-on-Avon since 2010, after the retirement of previous MP John Maples.

He is also the co-founder of the international internet-based market research firm YouGov of which he was Chief Executive until February 2010.

Early life[edit source | edit]

Born in Baghdad, Iraq, to Kurdish parents, Zahawi's family fled Iraq during Saddam Hussein's rise to power.[2]

Education[edit source | edit]

Zahawi was educated at Ibstock Place School and at King's College School, at the time a boys-only independent school in Wimbledon in West London, followed by University College London, where he studied Chemical Engineering, receiving a BSc.[3]

Career[edit source | edit]

Co-Founder of YouGov[edit source | edit]

Following a career as European Marketing Director for Smith & Brooks Ltd, Nadhim Zahawi co-founded YouGov with Stephan Shakespeare, a former spokesperson for Jeffrey Archer. Zahawi became YouGov's CEO.[1]

Political career[edit source | edit]

Zahawi and fellow Kurd Broosk Saib were aides to Jeffrey Archer during Archer's "Simple Truth" campaign to help Kurdish victims of the Gulf War. Zahawi and Saib were nicknamed "Lemon kurd" and "Bean kurd" by Archer.[4] In 1994 Archer helped campaign for Zahawi for a seat on Wandsworth council. Zahawi also ran Archer's unsuccessful campaign for Mayor of London in 1998.[5]

Zahawi was elected as a Conservative Councillor in the London Borough of Wandsworth, serving three times from 1994 to 2006, and stood as a candidate at Erith and Thamesmead in 1997, coming second to Labour.[6]

In 2010 Zahawi was selected by the local Conservative party for Stratford-on-Avon as a prospective parliamentary candidate in the 2010 general election.

Parking ticket[edit source | edit]

Zahawi won 'craziest parking ticket of the year' in 2004 for having got a ticket while he was in an ambulance.[7] [8]

Musical Tie[edit source | edit]

Zahawi appeared in ITN news coverage of the debate discussing the end of the Education Maintenance Allowance scheme. He was wearing a musical tie which proceeded to play during his contribution. The Deputy Speaker advised him to be more select when choosing ties to avoid a musical accompaniment to debate in the chamber.[9]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ a b c "About Nadhim". Zahawi (Zahawi.com). 6 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Parris, Matthew (25 Feb 2010). "Nuclear reaction wins over rural hearts". London: The Times. 
  3. ^ "YouGov pollsters survey future". London: The Times. 28 Oct 2007. 
  4. ^ Sengupta, Kim (2001-08-05). "Jeffrey Archer said he raised £57m. But the Kurds say they got only £250,000". The Independent.  |accessdate= requires |url= (help)
  5. ^ "In the City". Private Eye (London: Pressdram Ltd) (1265): 8. 25 June 2010.  |accessdate= requires |url= (help)
  6. ^ "Tories' secret plan to kill off party dinosaurs". Daily Mail. 19 Feb 2010. 
  7. ^ Essen, Yvette (5 June 2006). "Market profile: Nadhim Zahawi". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  8. ^ http://www.appealnow.com/awards/
  9. ^ "MP's tie too loud for Parliament". ITN video clip. 20 Jan 2011. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Maples
Member of Parliament for Stratford-on-Avon
2010–present
Incumbent