Rosena Allin-Khan
Allin-Khan in 2017
Member of Parliament
for Tooting
Assumed office
17 June 2016
Preceded by Sadiq Khan
Majority 15,458 (26.5%)

Rosena Chantelle Allin-Khan has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tooting since 17 June 2016. Following the vacancy caused by the resignation of sitting Labour MP Sadiq Khan after his election in May 2016 as the Mayor of London, she held the seat at the 2016 by-election. Allin-Khan was appointed as the Shadow Minister for Sport in October 2016.

Political career

Allin-Khan is a councillor on Wandsworth Council for Bedford ward in Balham, and previously served as deputy leader of the Council's Labour group.

Allin-Khan was selected as the Labour Party candidate for the Tooting constituency, after the seat was made vacant in May 2016 when the sitting MP, Sadiq Khan (no relation), resigned when he won that year's London mayoral election. Allin-Khan won her seat in the House of Commons with a swing of 7.3% from the Conservatives, after a campaign which emphasised her working-class roots and Polish-Pakistani heritage. When the election results were announced in the early hours of 17 June, Allin-Khan dropped her planned victory speech; in its place she read a tribute to Jo Cox, the Labour MP for Batley and Spen who had been brutally murdered on 16 June, the day of the by-election.

On 9 October 2016, Allin-Khan was appointed Shadow Minister for Sport. In that capacity, she was the Labour Party spokesperson for issues including the protection of young people from sexual exploitation in sport, and has spoken out against homophobia in sport.

Allin-Khan retained the Tooting seat in the 2017 snap election, with an increased majority of 15,458 votes.