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Interview in Eastern Eye

Earlier this month I spoke to Eastern Eye about securing diversity and representation in parliament despite the fact BAME women, in particular, continue to face many barriers when getting involved in public life.

I have been shocked by the series of racist, Islamophobic and misogynistic attacks I have already had to endure.

Of course being the first MP to wear a hijab makes me stand out and be more of a target for those who seek to silence and intimidate through division and hate.

Electing more BAME politicians will help in fighting race bias, say MPs