Maajid Nawaz is the Liberal Democrat candidate for the constituency of Hampstead and Kilburn in North-West London. the Liberal Democrats came third by 841 votes behind the MP in 2010, just 1.6%, making this the closest marginal in the country.
Maajid is working hard to bring a stronger economy and fairer society to the constituency come 2015, focusing on housing, jobs and education.
He is the Co-Founder and Chairman of internationally renowned anti-extremism think tank Quilliam, and has set up an educational organisation in Pakistan. Maajid set up this business from nothing, living and working from his car. He employs a number of people in Camden as part of this work.
Human Rights and a respect for individual liberty are matters close to Maajid’s heart, which has led to his involvement in the Liberal Democrats and him becoming a prominent counter-extremism consultant and a regular writer, debater and public commentator.
This work is informed by years spent in his youth as a member of a global Islamist group, and his gradual transformation towards liberal democratic values, leading to his adoption as a Amnesty International prisoner of conscience.
Maajid has spoken from various platforms internationally, including addressing the US Senate in Washington DC. He has been profiled by CBS 60 minutes, Larry King Live, BBC Newsnight, has spoken at the TED conference, and is regularly interviewed by prominent journalists across the world.
Maajid is a British-Pakistani born in Essex, and speaks Arabic and Urdu. He holds a BA (Hons) from SOAS in Arabic and Law and an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics (LSE). He is a proud father to his young son.
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