A message from Anas
The pandemic has changed us all – it has changed Scotland.
By staying apart, we have come together like never before. We can’t come through the collective trauma of Covid and go back to the old arguments.
Arguing with each other while our NHS loses funding, our children miss out on a world-class education, businesses close and jobs go overseas.
As we come out of this pandemic, we must focus on solutions. Solutions which will deliver a fairer recovery and ensure that Scotland comes back a better, stronger, fairer nation than the one that went into lockdown last year.
I am focused on delivering a National Recovery Plan that at its heart is about creating jobs, an education comeback and rebuilding our NHS – so we never again have to choose between treating a virus or treating cancer. Working to deliver a national recovery is my only priority.
Let’s focus on what unites us, not what divides us – and on building a better future for the country we love.
Together, there is nothing that we cannot achieve.
Anas has been at the forefront of Scottish politics for a decade, fighting for the people of Glasgow and Scotland. He is the first Muslim and person of colour to head a major political party in the UK.
He was born in Glasgow in 1983, where he still lives with his wife Furheen, an NHS dentist, and their three young children.
Anas joined the Labour Party when he was 16. He studied dentistry at the University of Glasgow and worked as a dentist in the NHS in Paisley for five years. He was first elected as an MP in 2010 and was then elected as deputy leader of Scottish Labour one year later. In 2016 he was elected to the Scottish Parliament as MSP for Glasgow.
In the Scottish Parliament, he has championed the NHS and its workers. He established an expert-led workforce commission to tackle the staffing crisis in the health service, led the campaign to end the NHS pay cap, and exposed the truth behind the water infection scandal at Glasgow’s largest hospital.
After speaking about the racism he has faced throughout his life, Anas established the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on Tackling Islamophobia and has led a campaign against hatred and intolerance.
Anas led Labour’s positive campaign for Scotland’s future in the UK – United With Labour – in the run-up to the 2014 referendum, and in 2020 was appointed the party’s constitution spokesperson. He is a proud member of the GMB MSP Group and the Co-operative Party.
Outside of parliament, he has worked on a number of charitable projects, founding Glasgow Cares and serving as voluntary president of the Sarwar Foundation. He arranged for ambulances to travel the Greek island of Lesbos to support Syrian refugees, runs an annual a toybank to provide Christmas gifts for children who would otherwise receive nothing, and has supported projects for homeless people in Glasgow.
Anas is focused on ensuring the next Parliament is a Covid Recovery Parliament. He strongly believes we need a period of healing, to bring people together and rebuild our country – reshaping our economy, protecting jobs, fixing our education system and delivering an NHS that never again has to choose between treating a virus or treating cancer.
Our party’s history was founded on the strength of the Scottish people – and that is where its future lies too.
We must capture the spirit of Keir Hardie who founded our movement. Of Donald Dewar, who turned the dream of devolution into a reality. And Gordon Brown, who led our nation’s fight against the scandal of child poverty.
As we recover from the pandemic, let’s build a country that offers opportunity and aspiration for all.
A country united by what we have in common; not what divides us.
A country with a properly funded NHS where we never have to choose between treating a disease like Covid or cancer.
A country that has our schools restored to their rightful place as one of the best in the world.
A country with millions more in well paid work, with a real plan for climate justice that brings the industries of tomorrow to Scotland.
A country that offers opportunity and aspiration for all.
Support Anas's National Recovery Plan for Scotland
Let’s focus on what unites us, not what divides us, and let’s deliver a national recovery plan so we can build a fairer and stronger Scotland together.