Rosena Allin-Khan is a trauma A & E doctor and Labour MP, who currently serves as the Shadow Minister for Sport.
Rosena always aspired to be a doctor but, unable to afford medical school, she first undertook a degree in medical biochemistry at Brunel University. Funded by a series of part-time jobs, she went on to achieve a scholarship which enabled her to later study medicine at Cambridge University. After qualifying as a doctor, Rosena worked in various London hospitals. However, determined to focus on inequality abroad as well as domestically, she studied for a Master’s degree in Public Health specialising in Global Health and Emergency Humanitarian Aid Assistance. This led Rosena to postings in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Her time in this role included working with Palestinian refugees in Lebanese camps and with victims of flooding in Pakistan. She also worked in rural Australia as an emergency flying doctor.
On returning to the UK, Rosena Allin-Khan became a Labour councillor for Wandsworth council. She was subsequently selected, in 2016, as the Labour Party candidate for Tooting, following Sadiq Khan’s resignation upon winning London’s mayoral election. Rosena won the subsequent by-election, with a swing of 7.3% from the Conservatives, in a campaign that emphasised her working-class roots and immersion in the consitutency. In the 2017 snap election, she further increased Labour’s majority to over 15,000.
In October 2016, Rosena Allin-Khan was appointed Shadow Minister for Sport. In this capacity, she has been the Labour party spokesperson for issues including the protection of young people from sexual exploitation in sport, and in taking a stand against homophobia. Recently, she has supported the introduction of ‘safe standing’ in English football.
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