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Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, political butterfly and sharia lawyer


The SNP's other superwoman and chief "look at me" Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh has a lot on her CV, including: MP (May 2015 to June 2017), OBE, solicitor and equity partner in a law firm, businesswoman, former actress, television programme producer, founder of the Scottish Asian Women's Association, mother of four, and a practising Muslim. Never one to underestimate her own abilities, Chelsea-born Tasmina has made known: "People listen to me because they hear my conviction. It's at the heart of everything I do whether that's our independence, politics, motherhood or the equality agenda. I'm tough and tenacious. I can persuade, push, coax, cajole and convince …". Also, it is said she is "popular with the former SNP leader Alex Salmond … also close to Salmond's successor Nicola Sturgeon". On the flip side, an SNP colleague says she has "an unusual personality" and one of her former election agents griped that: "She was desperate for a high profile and has a huge ego but she was very politically naive." Looking at Mrs Ahmed-Sheikh in more detail:

Revised 22 January 2018

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