Rehman Chishti

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Rehman Chishti
MP
Member of Parliament
for Gillingham and Rainham
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byPaul Clark
Majority8,680 (18.6%)
Personal details
Born(1978-10-04) 4 October 1978 (age 35)
Muzaffarabad, Pakistan
NationalityBritish
Political partyConservative
Alma materAberystwyth University
CommitteesJustice Select Committee, 2013 - Joint Committee on Human Rights 2010 - 2013
Websitewww.rehmanchishti.com
 
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Rehman Chishti
MP
Member of Parliament
for Gillingham and Rainham
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byPaul Clark
Majority8,680 (18.6%)
Personal details
Born(1978-10-04) 4 October 1978 (age 35)
Muzaffarabad, Pakistan
NationalityBritish
Political partyConservative
Alma materAberystwyth University
CommitteesJustice Select Committee, 2013 - Joint Committee on Human Rights 2010 - 2013
Websitewww.rehmanchishti.com

Rehman Chishti رحمن چشتی (born 4 October 1978)[1] is a British Conservative politician who was elected MP for Gillingham and Rainham in the 2010 general election.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Rehman was born in Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistani Administered Kashmir on the 4th of October 1978.

Rehman’s father Abdul Rehman Chishti, was appointed Federal Adviser to the Prime Minister (Hamid Khan) of Pakistani Administered Kashmir from 1976-1978, on religious affairs by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Prime Minister of Pakistan, and left Kashmir and Pakistan, soon, after the Government of Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was over thrown , by a military coup by General Zia ul Haq, who later executed Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Rehman’s father Abdul Rehman left Pakistan in 1978 to take up a post of an Imam in the UK. Rehman did not see his father for the first 6 years of his life. He along with his mother and elder sister joined his father in 1984 in the UK at the age of six, and ever since has lived in Gillingham and Rainham. (reference - http://centrallobby.politicshome.com/house-magazine/housemag-article/newsarticle/the-rebirth-of-rehman/) Rehman attended Richmond Infant School (now Burnt Oak Primary school), Napier Primary School, Fort Luton High School for Boys (now Bishop of Rochester Academy), Rainham Mark Grammar School Sixth Form, and Chatham Grammar School for Girls (mixed boys and girls sixth form). Reference– Rehman Chishti MP website - http://www.rehmanchishti.com/about-rehman) Rehman was Head Boy at Fort Luton High School, and captain of the school cricket team. Rehman also captained Hempstead Colts Cricket Club in Gillingham, in which he took his best bowling figures of 5 wickets for 7 runs against Lordswood Colts, which lead him to play for Medway District and Kent Schools in the Pawson trophy. Rehman also played football with Royal Princes Park youth team where he was given the award for player of the year. (reference - http://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2012/03/rehman-chishti-mp.html ) Rehman read law at University of Wales Aberystwyth, (reference - http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/news/archive/2010/05/title-85880-en.html) followed by Inns of Court School of Law where he did his Barristers vocational course. Rehman came from a very modest background, and had to supplement his studies by working at Tesco main store in Gillingham, and the Link Mobile phone shop in Hempstead Valley shopping centre in Gillingham.

Legal career[edit]

Rehman was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2001 at Lincolns Inn. Rehman was able to secure a pupillage at Goldsmith Chambers then the chambers of Philip Sapsford QC. After completing the pupillage Rehman was able to secure a full tenancy of chambers. As a barrister Rehman both prosecuted and defended cases from the Magistrates court to the Court of Appeal. Rehman was able to successfully get cases cited at the Court of Appeal (R v R [2007 EWCA Crim 3312], (R v May (Attorney General's Reference No 20 of 2005) June 2005 Court of Appeal [2005] All ER (D) 359 (Jun). Rehman is currently an Honorary Door Tenant (non practising Barrister whilst an MP) at Red Lion Court Chambers, Chambers of Max Hill QC. (reference - http://www.18rlc.co.uk/honorary-door-tenants and http://web-archive-uk.com/page/180615/2012-07-21/http://www.18rlc.co.uk/index.php/barristers/chishti/790)

Political career[edit]

Rehman served as a Political Adviser to Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan 1999-2007. (reference - http://centrallobby.politicshome.com/house-magazine/housemag-article/newsarticle/the-rebirth-of-rehman/)

In September 2004 in a meeting in Islamabad with Mark Llyal Grant, the then High Commissioner to Pakistan, Rehman, acting on behalf of Benazir Bhutto, committed Ms Bhutto to talks with the Government of Pakistan for the transition to Democracy with the United Kingdom acting as the facilitators. Rehman followed this up by attending every meeting Ms Bhutto had with British diplomats, both in Dubai and London, including the British Foreign Office in London accompanying Ms Bhutto and acting on her behalf. This included meetings with the then British Foreign Secretary Rt. Hon Jack Straw in 2005, and Rt. Hon David Milliband in 2007. Benazir Bhutto visited Gillingham and Rainham Constituency in Kent for a Constituency Dinner on 28 August 2007, to support Rehman , where she told the audience, "Rehman being the Parliamentary candidate for Gillingham is my loss and Gillingham's gain". (reference - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-492856/The-Tory-boy-plotting-Benazir-s-revolution---Gillingham.html)

In 2001 in a note to Rehman Chishti in her biography she described Rehman as her most brilliant assistant. Rehman represented the Gillingham North Ward between 2003-2007 and the Rainham Central Ward since 2007 on Medway Council. (reference - http://democracy.medway.gov.uk/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=122) Rehman was appointed to the Medway Council’s Cabinet in 2007 as the Member for Community Safety and Enforcement, becoming the youngest Cabinet Member in Medway's history. (reference - http://www.medway.gov.uk/information/newspages/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=205) Rehman also served as an Adviser to the Rt. Hon Francis Maude MP on diversity when Mr Maude was Chairman of the Conservative Party in 2006. In 2005 Rehman had stood against Mr Maude as a Labour Parliamentary Candidate in Horsham. (reference - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4808230.stm)

Rehman was elected Member of Parliament for Gillingham and Rainham in 2010 at the age of 31, to represent his home towns of Gillingham and Rainham. The New Statesman listed Rehman as among the 20 MPs under 40 who are the best of their generation and who have what it takes to be the next Prime Minister(reference - http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2011/09/rising-stars-brightest-lab-con)

The Telegraph Newspaper described him as a rising star of the party. (reference - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9748977/MPs-and-Peers-launch-gay-marriage-rebellion-saying-Cameron-has-no-mandate.html) Rehman is a Member of the Justice Select Committee of the House of Commons, having previously been a Member of the Joint Committee of the Human Rights Committee. (reference - http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/rehman-chishti/3987) Rehman is passionate about sports and has served as the parliamentary fellow for Sport England, (reference - http://archive.sportengland.org/about_us/our_news/parliamentary_exhibition.aspx) and currently is the parliamentary fellow for the Football Association. (reference - http://www.rehmanchishti.com/news/fa-welcomes-rehman-chishti-mp-its-fellowship-scheme) In 2011 Rehman was listed by the BBC as one of the highest speakers in Parliament from the intake of 2010. (reference - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-14060488)

In 2013 Rehman was named parliamentarian of the year by the Road Safety Charity Brake for his work in Parliament championing road safety issues, (reference - http://www.brake.org.uk/component/content/article/27-whats-happening/1170-rehmanchishtipoy-jan14 including getting his private members bill adopted by the Government to increase the sentence for those who cause death by Driving, when then the motorist had been banned from driving in the first place. The government agreed to increase the maximum custodial sentence to 10 years from the initial 2 years maximum custody. (reference - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/justice-for-victims-of-banned-drivers.

Rehman is a regular News Paper reviewer on Sky News.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rehman Chishti MP". Democracy Live. BBC News. 5 June 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Rehman Chishti - MP for Gillingham and Rainham Rehman Chishti
  3. ^ Rehman Chishti takes Gillingham and Rainham Kent News, 7 May 2010

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Paul Clark
Member of Parliament for Gillingham and Rainham
2010–present
Incumbent