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Rt. Hon. Lord Ahmed of Rotherham is a member of the House of Lords, and was appointed by Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1998. He was the first Muslim Peer and is currently an Independent Member of the House of Lords.
He is listed as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world for the last 5 years. He founded the British Muslim Councillors' Forum. In 1998 he was appointed to the House of Lords as Baron Ahmed of Rotherham in the County of South Yorkshire. He led the first delegation on behalf of the British Government on the Muslim pilgrimage, the Hajj.
At home, he speaks on wider equality issues, and has spoken several times on issues of race, religion and gender; he has advocated legislation against religious discrimination and forced marriage. Lord Ahmed secured the release of British School teacher Gillian Gibbons from Sudan and led the British Peace and reconciliation initiative in Darfur and has been active in international peace projects.