Another Pakistani makes history in England

Nazir Ahmed

Nazir Ahmed is a Pakistan born, British citizen. His parents moved to England atleast 6 decades ago and was raised in Rotherham, South Yorkshire,England. He has made history on 17th November 2020.

House of Lords is the upper chamber of Great Britain’s bicameral legislature. Originated in the 11th century, when the Anglo-Saxon kings consulted witans (councils) composed of religious leaders and the monarch’s ministers, it emerged as a distinct element of Parliament in the 13th and 14th centuries. Thus house of lord has history of 900 years informally and 600 years formally. In all these years never a member (called lords or peers) has been expelled. Actually there was no provision. This was introduced by Parliamentary Reforms by House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspension) Act 2015.

Lord Nazir Ahmed

Nazir Ahmed was created a life peer, Baron Ahmed, of Rotherham in the County of South Yorkshire, on 3 August 1998.Although there have been many claims that he was the first Muslim life peer, including by Ahmed himself, or the first male Muslim peer, he was in fact the third Muslim life peer; the other two, Baroness Uddin and Lord Alli, were raised to the Peerage on 18 July whereas Lord Ahmed was so raised on 3 August. There have been earlier Muslim hereditary peers, the first being the 3rd Baron Stanley of Alderley in 1869.

On 14 November 2020, Nazir Ahmed retired (resigned) from the House of Lords. Reason was the recommendation of House Expulsion from the conduct committee of the House of Lords.

The committee said, “Lord Ahmed resigned from the House of Lords on November 14 but the report, which was agreed by the committee and seen by Lord Ahmed before that date, recommends that he should have been expelled.”

The committee published a report following an appeal by Ahmed against earlier findings by the House’s commissioner for standards into allegations of a sexual nature with a member of the public in 2017. It dismissed the appeal.

Reasons are any but few criminal nature of allegations are as under:

On 1 March 2019, Ahmed was charged with two offences of attempted rape and one offence of indecent assault between 1971 and 1974. The alleged victims are a boy and a girl both under the age of 13. The incidents reportedly took place between 1971 and 1974 when Ahmed was a teenager in Rotherham.

Ahmed had breached the code “by agreeing to use his position as a member of the House to help a member of the public, but then, sexually assaulting the complainant, lying to the complainant about his intentions to help her with a complaint to the Metropolitan Police regarding exploitation by a faith healer, exploiting the complainant emotionally and sexually despite knowing she was vulnerable.”

Thus Nazir Ahmed has made history being the first member of House of Lords to be expelled from the house.

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