Published:  12:55 AM, 17 July 2017

Manzila Pola Uddin

Manzila Pola Uddin

Manzila Pola Uddin, Baroness Uddin, PC is a British life peer and community activist of Bangladeshi descent, being the first Muslim and second Asian woman to sit in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. In 2009 she was included on The Guardian's Muslim Women Power List for Britain.

Uddin was born on 17 July 1959 in the Rajshahi City Corporation, Rajshahi District, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). She moved with her parents to the United Kingdom in 1973, when she was 13 years of age, and she grew up in the East End of London.

She attended the Plashet Schoolin East Ham, and was educated at the University of North London, where she earned a degree in social work. Uddin started her professional career by creating and leading community working groups in the late 1970s.

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