Tariq Ahmad, the first Ahmadiyya Muslim Becomes a “Lord Ahmad” For Life, an Ahmadi Muslim given life peerage. Tariq Ahmad (born on 3rd April, 1968 in London) is a British Conservative member of the House of Lords. Councillor Tariq Ahmad, a vice-chairman of the Conservative Party, is also the first member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association (AMA) to receive a peerage, having served as the association’s national Vice-President since 2003. He also hosts “Faith Matters” a religious TV program broadcasted by Muslim Television Ahmadiyya (MTA). A spokesman for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community said: “Tariq is a great ambassador for the whole community and hopefully he will continue to serve all for the good of our entire community.” Debbie Shears, leader of Merton’s Conservative opposition group, said: “I was extremely pleased to learn that Her Majesty The Queen has agreed to confer a life peerage on Tariq Ahmad. “He is a very well respected colleague and member of Merton Council and this honour is thoroughly deserved. “I have no doubt he will work tirelessly in the House of Lords for the good of our country. “On behalf of all Conservative councillors here in Merton, I offer my heartfelt congratulations to Tariq and his family.”
Councillor Ahmad or Lord Ahmad as he will become known, was appointed in 2008 as David Cameron’s Vice-Chairman for cities and was lauded for his wealth of experience as a businessman and his roles in the voluntary sector. Lord Tariq’s professional experience extends over 18 years. A business graduate, he joined Natwest’s Graduate Management programme in 1991. During nine years for the Group he worked in a variety of frontline and strategic roles, culminating in a senior management role as Head of Marketing, Sponsorship and Branding for NatWest’s capital markets division. In 2000, Tariq moved on to work as part of the executive management team for the US based fund manager Alliance Bernstein. In this role he was responsible for the firm’s marketing function across the EMEA Region and experienced a variety of cultures and international business practices. In 2004, he joined Sucden Financial a leading commodities trading firm in the City of London. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the firm and is Director of Marketing, Strategy and Research and is also heading up the firm’s expansion into the funds arena. Tariq is an Associate of the Institute of Financial Services.
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon joins Cameron’s Government of ex-Merton Tories: “There must be something in the water” was one explanation given for why a number of ex-Wimbledon Conservatives now find themselves running the country.
Tariq Ahmad, who was recently awarded a peerage by Prime Minister David Cameron, has been appointed to the Government as a front bench spokesman in the House of Lords.
Lord Ahmad, who represented Wimbledon Park ward until earlier this year, becomes the first member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association (AMA) to join the British Government.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to it and thrilled with the prospect of serving at a much higher level.”
“It now means, for the first time in my life, that I’m a full-time politician and next week I should know which Government department I will serve in.”
Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond also joined the Government last week as a junior minister in the Department of Transport, during a controversial time for south-west London Conservative MPs who have campaigned against building a third runway at Heathrow.
Last week, Mr Cameron refused to rule out a future Conservative government changing its current commitment to oppose the third runway, sparking criticism from Boris Johnson, the mayor of London.
Putney MP Justine Greening, one of the leading campaigners against the third runway, was removed as Transport Secretary in last week’s reshuffle.
In July, Mr Hammond wrote an article in which he said the case for the third runway should be “re-examined” as part of wider plans to increase airport capacity.
Mr Hammond denied his stance on the third runway had changed, but that he had mentioned it in the article because expanding Heathrow would “inevitably be part of the review process” and “should be in the mix of all our options”.
Mr Hammond and Lord Ahmad are one of several ex-Merton Conservatives now in the Government, including Home Secretary Teresa May (former deputy leader of Merton Council and member for Durnsford ward), Justice Secretary Chris Grayling (former shadow education spokesman and member for Hillside) and Culture Secretary Maria Miller (former deputy chairman of Merton Conservatives who unsuccessfully stood in Trinity ward in 2002).
Lord Ahmad said: “There must be something in the water. We get nice people in Wimbledon who have a lot of talent. “People make a lot of mileage out of living in other parts of the country, but I think Wimbledon should be proud to have such a big representation in Government.”