8 Aug 2014
A prominent businesswoman and Scottish Conservative member is to become a peer in the House of Lords.
Nosheena Mobarik, who lives in Glasgow, is among 22 nominees announced today.
She is a former Chair of CBI Scotland and is the current chairwoman of the Pakistan Britain Trade & Investment Forum, having been asked to take on the role by Lord Green in June 2012.
“I’m delighted to have been nominated by the Prime Minister to sit in the House of Lords.
“I look forward to supporting him and the Conservative party in his efforts to build a stronger and a fairer United Kingdom.
“From my work with the CBI to my involvement with other voluntary and charity work, I believe business can be a massive force for good locally, nationally and internationally.
“It can spread both prosperity and fairness in society.
“I hope to use this opportunity to further spread that message.
“I’m incredibly proud of my multiple identities – as a Scot, a Briton and a Muslim of Pakistani heritage.
“I will aim to bring all that experience to the House of Lords.
“As someone who came to this country as a six-year-old without a word of English, I would never have expected to be entering the House of Lords.
“I believe it shows that Britain is a country that truly opens opportunities for everyone.
“My family, and particularly my father, are immensely proud of this honour. I relish the opportunity to make a difference.”
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP said:
“Nosheena has made an immense contribution in Scotland to both the world of business and through her charitable work.
“It is right that this hard work and dedication is recognised by the Prime Minister.
“I have no doubts that Nosheena will make a significant contribution to the Conservative benches in the House of Lords and, on a personal level, I am delighted to congratulate her on her nomination.”