05-08-2010, 11:39 AM
LONDON: Two Pakistani-British women were among three women who became the first Muslim females to be elected to the British parliament following their success in Thursday’s national polls. Yasmin Qureshi, a 47-year-old practising barrister, held on to the Labour seat from Bolton south east constituency (north west England), by taking 18,782 votes against her Conservative party rival Andy Morgan who polled 15,827 votes. The other successful woman was Oxford-educated Barrister Shabana Mahmood, a Labour candidate, who won with 19,950 votes. The third successful woman was Roshan Ara Ali of Bangladeshi-descent, who won East London constituency of Bethnal Green and Bow with 21,784 votes.