Rabina Khan is one of the most well-known and influential politicians in the troubled East London borough of Tower Hamlets where she serves as a Liberal Democrat councillor. She ran two close second elections in her bid to be Tower Hamlets Mayor in 2015 and 2018.
Born in Bangladesh, raised in Rochester, she is known for her passionate support of causes such as stopping youth knife crime and building more social housing and is often described as being ‘assertive without being strident.’
Khan was the first Muslim woman to hold the portfolio for Housing and Regeneration (2010 to 2015) and was central to the creation of 4500+ new homes in the borough. Key regeneration projects won both the Sunday Times Award for most improved borough and the Planning Award for the Whitechapel Vision project.
Aged 46, Khan is married with three children. She came to the UK from Bangladesh aged three when her father started working as a docker in Chatham, Kent.
Believing that she would be able to contribute more effectively towards a better borough by working within a mainstream party she joined the Liberal Democrats in August 2018. Prior to this she had worked closely with local Liberal Democrats on a number of issues including Brexit, campaigning to keep council run nurseries and better youth provisions.
Khan makes frequent media appearances on radio and TV and is published regularly in The Independent, The Guardian and Huffington Post and has delivered lectures at Cambridge University, Housing Federation and the Royal Society for Arts for BBC Radio 4.
She has won the European Diversity Award for work in connecting people and communities and was also shortlisted for the European Muslim Woman of Influence.
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