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MP Anum Qaisar is new Patron of the British Polio Fellowship

Updated: Nov 16, 2023

Scottish-born MP, Anum Qaisar who grew up in North Lanarkshire with her two brothers, has agreed to be a Patron of The British Polo Fellowship.

Anum’s grandfather emigrated from Pakistan to Manchester in the 1960s, and then moved to Scotland in the 70s, where Anum's parents made their home. She is an active member of the SNP and has worked for various SNP Parliamentarians.

Before entering the Commons, she retrained as a Teacher of Modern Studies and Politics at the University of Strathclyde.

In 2021, when Airdrie and Shotts MP, Neil Gray announced his bid for the Scottish Parliament, Anum was selected as the SNP's candidate in the subsequent by-election. She gained 46.4% of the vote and aged 28 years, won the election becoming Scotland's second female Muslim MP.

In Parliament, Anum is the SNP spokesperson for Levelling Up. She has a particular interest in issues such as social justice and equality, violence against women and girls, international relations, and feminist foreign policy.

Kripen Dhrona, CEO of The British Polio Fellowship said: “We are delighted to welcome Anum as our patron.

"Anum’s generosity to give her time to support polio survivors in the UK will make such a difference in raising our profile and generating support for people effected by Post-Polio Syndrome.”

As charity patron, Anum Qaisar MP will raise awareness of the British Polio Fellowship charity, support key initiatives, such as the soon to be launched Optimal Care Pathway for polio survivors, and promote welfare projects.

“I wanted to show support for the many people across the four nations who have loved ones or who they themselves have been impacted by polio,” she enthused.

“I hope to use my platform, as the Member of Parliament for Airdrie and Shotts, to empower the voices of the thousands of people living with the effects of polio.

“Many of my constituents have been affected by polio, and so it is an honour to amplify their voices. I look forward to working with The British Polio Fellowship.”

Founded in 1985, The British Polio Fellowship provide services to those affected by polio, the late effects of polio and Post-Polio Syndrome across the UK.

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