Pakistani women born here had mostly ended up going to university and getting an education, and these women are employed.
What is your opinion about the government’s strategy for the refugee crisis?
I went to Greece for three days and worked with many Greek charities in helping people off boats arriving at the shore, giving them food and clothes, and just helping them generally.
And it’s absolutely false that the Pakistanis don’t hold British values.
It usually comes down to British values for the government as far as minority ethnicities and community isolation is concerned, but these communities do hold British values.
The BPF had a chance to speak with Ms Mahmood about these matters and her initiatives in her constituency of Ladywood, Birmingham. You made history becoming one of the first female Muslim parliamentarians in the UK. Do you feel you have additional pressure and responsibilities being a parliamentarian from a minority ethnic and religious background?
I did not realise during the campaigning that it was something, that there had been no [female] Muslim MPs before …
There’s the pressure of setting the bar really high being the first Muslim woman parliamentarian as you are obliged to set a benchmark for other British ethnic minority women who would like to join politics and become a Member of Parliament. Unfortunately, unemployment is also very high in my constituency of Ladywood, Birmingham, and it is one of the things that I have to focus on.
What do you identify as the top issues in your area in Birmingham? It is also one of the areas of Birmingham with a very high Muslim and a very high Pakistani population.
They respect the rule of law, they want to live in a democracy and all of those are British values.