Muslim woman has MP hopes

By Cherie Howie

New Zealand could soon have its first female Muslim MP.

The Herald on Sunday understands Hamilton chartered accountant Anjum Rahman performed well at a recent Labour Party conference, and is expected to be ranked inside the party’s top 30 candidates for the September 20 general election.

In 2011, Raymond Huo was number 21 — the lowest ranked Labour candidate to win a list seat.

Labour Party president Moira Coatsworth and general-secretary Tim Barnett did not respond to calls from the Herald on Sunday. However, Rahman, 47, this week said: “Who told you that?

“I don’t have expectations but I’m working to get as high as I can. The list is decided by a whole lot of people in a couple of weeks.” [Read more...]

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