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Amina Ali’s biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

Intro Somali politician
Is Politician
From Somalia
Type Politics
Gender female

Amina Ali (Somali: Aamiina Cali, Arabic: أمينة علي‎‎) is a Somali-British politician. She is a Labour Party Ward Councillor representing Tower Hamlets.

Career

Ali initially worked as a journalist and researcher with the BBC. She subsequently began a career as a legal adviser.

In 2006, Ali ran under a Labour Party ticket for a seat as Councillor for the Weavers ward in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. She placed sixth in a field of sixteen candidates, earning 652 (6.68%) total votes.

Ali later ran again for a Bow East ward seat in the 2014 Tower Hamlets Council election. She earned 2023 (14.94%) total votes, securing the third seat on the local Council.

In February 2015, Ali was chosen as the Labour Party’s candidate to run against incumbent Bradford West MP George Galloway of the Respect Party in the year’s general election. She was the first Somali woman selected to contest a seat in Parliament. Ali was chosen from a shortlist of three women, beating out campaigner Naz Shah and councillor Naveeda Ikram. She resigned three days later, indicating that she did not want to disrupt her children’s upbringing by moving residences. Galloway was defeated at the election by the eventual Labour candidate, Naz Shah.