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So in Vogue! British fashion bible features young female Labour politicians in May issue

Its pages are usually graced by stars and supermodels, but Vogue has set aside the rich and famous in favour of politicians.

The fashion bible has broken with tradition to feature four of Labour’s newest female MPs, including the controversial Equality minister Charlotte Nichols, 30.

The MP for Warrington North was forced to apologise last week for ‘offending the Gypsy and Roma community’ for handing out hundreds of leaflets vowing to ‘deal with traveller incursions’, and previously said a group of Italian football fans giving fascist salutes should ‘get their heads kicked in’.

Other politicians to feature in the magazine include Corbynite Zarah Sultana, 27, who has been accused of using anti-white slurs and previously boasted she would ‘celebrate’ the deaths of Tony Blair and Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu. She later apologised.

Taiwo Owatemi, 29, and Sarah Owen, 38, will also feature in the May issue of the magazine, which goes on sale on Friday.

British Vogue has broken with tradition to feature four of Labour's newest female MPs, including the controversial Equality minister Charlotte Nichols, 30 (second left) and Corbynite Zarah Sultana, 27, who said she would celebrate the death of Tony Blair (second right)

British Vogue has broken with tradition to feature four of Labour's newest female MPs, including the controversial Equality minister Charlotte Nichols, 30 (second left) and Corbynite Zarah Sultana, 27, who said she would celebrate the death of Tony Blair (second right)

British Vogue has broken with tradition to feature four of Labour’s newest female MPs, including the controversial Equality minister Charlotte Nichols, 30 (second left) and Corbynite Zarah Sultana, 27, who said she would celebrate the death of Tony Blair (second right) 

Charlotte, who ruffled feathers in the safe seat of Warrington North, Cheshire, by being parachuted in from London by the party’s high command, has been involved with politics since she was a teenager, and said she ran the school Youth Parliament with Theresa May.

She explained: ‘For six weeks in Sixth Form, me and Theresa May ran the Youth Parliament for the Year Sevens. 

‘I remember her trying to give me career advice and me being really snarky and mean.’

A dozen years later, Nichols – newly elected in 2019 and promoted last November to shadow minister for women and equalities – is hoping to bump into May to see if she remembers her. 

See the full feature in the May issue of British Vogue available via digital download and on newsstands Friday 9th April.

See the full feature in the May issue of British Vogue available via digital download and on newsstands Friday 9th April.

See the full feature in the May issue of British Vogue available via digital download and on newsstands Friday 9th April. 

Meanwhile the Jewish Labour Party member said she had struggled to cope when the Party was embroiled in anti-Semitism claims.

She said: ‘It was hideous to go to synagogue when that was happening, because people wanted to ask me about it, or were expecting me to justify it in some way.

‘People would be like, ‘How can you be in the Labour party if this is how they’re behaving?’ That has been very difficult to reconcile.’

However earlier this week, Charlotte apologised for handing out campaign leaflets promising would-be voters that her party would ‘deal with Traveller incursions.’ 

She had been delivering leaflets for the Party ahead of local elections in the Orford area of her constituency. 

Charlotte Nichols, 30, previously hit the headlines when she said Italian football fans doing Nazi salutes should 'get their heads kicked in'

Charlotte Nichols, 30, previously hit the headlines when she said Italian football fans doing Nazi salutes should 'get their heads kicked in'

Charlotte Nichols, 30, previously hit the headlines when she said Italian football fans doing Nazi salutes should ‘get their heads kicked in’

Charlotte Nichols who vowed to ‘deal with traveller incursions’

Charlotte Louise Nichols was born in Romford, Essex, England and grew up in Reading, Berkshire. 

She has three sisters and three step-siblings. Her father Ged is the general secretary of the financial services trade union Accord and was appointed as the president of the TUC in 2019. 

She studied politics at the University of Liverpool, graduating in 2013. After graduation, she worked in Salford for five years for the USDAW trade union.

Prior to the election, Nichols was a previous women’s officer of the youth wing of the party. 

Nichols stood as the Labour candidate for Warrington North at the 2019 general election. 

At the time she was investigated by police over ‘a potential breach of electoral law’. 

Officers looked into whether Nichols gave her true home address on her nomination form.

She ruffled feathers in the safe seat of Warrington North, Cheshire, by being parachuted in from London by the party’s high command.  

She ended up being elected with a majority of 1,509 votes. 

After her election, she was the centre of a controversy when she tweeted in October that a group of S.S. Lazio fans who had been filmed making Nazi salutes in Glasgow should ‘get their heads kicked in’. 

Nichols defended her comments in December, ‘These were people doing Nazi salutes on the streets of Britain… As a Jewish person whose grandfather fought in World War Two, ultimately sometimes I believe that fascism has to be physically confronted.’

And earlier this week, she apologised for handing out campaign leaflets promising would-be voters that her party would ‘deal with Traveller incursions.’

She had been delivering leaflets for the Party ahead of local elections in the Orford area of her constituency. 

Among the promises listed on the leaflet which featured the Labour Party’s logo was a pledge to ‘deal with Traveller incursions,’ causing widespread anger among residents and on social media. 

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Among the promises listed on the leaflet which featured the Labour Party’s logo was a pledge to ‘deal with Traveller incursions,’ causing widespread anger among residents and on social media.  

Meanwhile the fashion bible also chose to feature controversial Zarah, MP for Coventry South.

The Corbynista Zarah sparked controversy even before she was elected in Coventry South in December, who previously used the hash tag ‘extremistmuslim’ online.

She won the seat after previous Labour MP Jim Cunningham stood down. But his majority of almost 8,000 in 2017 was whittled down to just 400 in 2019 as Jeremy Corbyn’s party struggled across the country.

Zarah Sultana previously said she would 'celebrate' deaths of Tony Blair and Benjamin Netanyahu and used the hash tag ‘extremistmuslim’ online.

Zarah Sultana previously said she would 'celebrate' deaths of Tony Blair and Benjamin Netanyahu and used the hash tag ‘extremistmuslim’ online.

Zarah Sultana previously said she would ‘celebrate’ deaths of Tony Blair and Benjamin Netanyahu and used the hash tag ‘extremistmuslim’ online.

Zarah Sultana who said she would ‘celebrate’ deaths of Tony Blair and Benjamin Netanyahu

Zarah Sultana was born in October 1993 in the West Midlands, and raised in Lozells, Birmingham. 

She is a Muslim and is of Pakistani origin: her grandfather migrated from Kashmir to Birmingham in the 1960s.

She attended Holte School, a non-selective community school. Sultana then studied at King Edward VI Handsworth School, a grammar school, for sixth form. She then went on to study International Relations and Economics at the University of Birmingham.

She joined the Labour Party in 2011, whilst doing her A-levels, following the coalition government’s decision to treble university tuition fees to £9,000.

Whilst at university, Sultana was elected to the National Executive Council of both Young Labour and the National Union of Students.

She has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Coventry South since the 2019 general election.

A supporter of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, she is on the left-wing of the Labour Party.

Zarah sparked controversy even before she was elected in Coventry South in December.

She won the seat after previous Labour MP Jim Cunningham stood down. But his majority of almost 8,000 in 2017 was whittled down to just 400 in 2019 as Jeremy Corbyn’s party struggled across the country.

In November the former parliamentary officer for campaign group Muslim Engagement and Development was forced to apologise for saying she would ‘celebrate’ the deaths of Mr Blair and Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu.

In one of the posts, Miss Sultana took issue with the suggestion that it was wrong to ‘celebrate the death of any person regardless of what they did’.

The former Birmingham University student wrote in 2015: ‘Try and stop me when the likes of Blair, Netanyahu and Bush die.’

She also wrote of her support for ‘violent resistance’ by Palestinians and used the hash tag ‘extremistmuslim’ online.

In one Facebook post about a Jewish student, Miss Sultana wrote: ‘I can’t believe this YT (whitey) thinks she can represent us.’

In 2015, Miss Sultana, who sat on the national executives of both Young Labour and the National Union of Students, posted on Twitter: ‘Yay, the white woman didn’t win the Ethnic Minorities Officer Election!’

It also emerged that Miss Sultana had previously criticised the police and the monarchy. In 2014, she posted: ‘Can we get rid of the monarchy while we’re fighting the establishment and its institutions? Viva la revolucion!’

In 2015, she tweeted: ‘Solidarity with those protesting in London right now. Keep safe from the thugs that are the police.’

In January she sparked fury among her colleagues after using her maiden Commons speech to bash former prime minister Tony Blair.

Zarah blasted ’40 years of Thatcherism’ in the UK as she addressed parliament for the first time – including 13 years when her party was in government between 1997 and 2010.

It is a Commons tradition that maiden speeches do not make party political attacks but the Corbynista told MPs she would not be stopped from lashing out at the Conservatives, accusing them of pitting communities against each other.

 

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In November the former parliamentary officer for campaign group Muslim Engagement and Development was forced to apologise for saying she would ‘celebrate’ the deaths of Mr Blair and Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu.

In one of the posts, Miss Sultana took issue with the suggestion that it was wrong to ‘celebrate the death of any person regardless of what they did’.

The former Birmingham University student wrote in 2015: ‘Try and stop me when the likes of Blair, Netanyahu and Bush die.’

Speaking to Vogue, Zarah touched on the hostility she felt in her role, explaining: ‘Being seen as someone who’s outspoken, but also being a woman of colour and being Muslim, that means that I get a lot of abuse. 

Taiwo Owatemi, MP for Coventry North West, told the magazine she felt unable to go into Parliament in relaxed clothing

Taiwo Owatemi, MP for Coventry North West, told the magazine she felt unable to go into Parliament in relaxed clothing

Taiwo Owatemi, MP for Coventry North West, told the magazine she felt unable to go into Parliament in relaxed clothing 

Taiwo Owatemi who won her seat in Coventry by 0.4% 

Owatemi grew up in Plumstead, with close links to an extended family via her aunt and cousins in Coventry. 

Her father died when she was six due to a shortage of organ donors, an event which she has identified as being formative of her political views.

She was brought up alongside her twin and her elder brother by her mother, a nurse.

Owatemi is a Masters graduate from the University of Kent and a qualified pharmacist.

She worked as a senior oncology pharmacist at a cancer unit in Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust prior to entering Parliament.

Owatemi was selected for a Parliamentary internship by the Social Mobility Foundation, and gained experience working in the Westminster office of Conservative MP Oliver Letwin.

She served in a number of roles in the Young Fabians and published on health policy. 

She was also a school governor at a local primary school from 2016.

She was selected as Labour’s candidate for Coventry North West after incumbent Geoffrey Robinson stood down. 

Contrary to exit poll predictions, Labour held the seat, albeit with a significantly reduced majority of 0.4 per cent.

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‘That’s included death threats in the post, being told to go back to my own country, and people wishing me a slow and painful death. 

‘Hostility is always the most extreme when I am speaking up for refugees and migrants.’

Meanwhile MP for North Coventry Taiwo claimed she feels unable to dress how she ‘feels most comfortable’ in Parliament, explaining: ‘I make a conscious effort to dress formally. 

‘Whereas I know other women colleagues who can wear jeans and trainers, I can’t do that because I risk being stopped by security, asking if I should be there.’

Sarah, MP for Luton North, said she wanted to inspire people from different backgrounds and culture to get into politics, saying: ‘Politicians in this country should really explore the diversity within East and Southeast Asian culture.’ 

Meanwhile Sarah Owen, who is the first Labour MP of East Asian descent, and the first female MP of Chinese descent, is also featured in the magazine

Meanwhile Sarah Owen, who is the first Labour MP of East Asian descent, and the first female MP of Chinese descent, is also featured in the magazine

Meanwhile Sarah Owen, who is the first Labour MP of East Asian descent, and the first female MP of Chinese descent, is also featured in the magazine 

Sarah Owen, MP for Luton North  

Sarah Mei Li Owen is a British Labour Party politician and trade unionist. She has served as the MP for Luton North since 2019. 

Owen is British Chinese, making her the first Labour MP of East Asian descent, and the first female MP of Chinese descent. 

Owen has worked in the public sector as a care worker for the NHS, a political assistant for Brighton and Hove City Council and a London Fire Brigade employee in the emergency planning department.

She has also served as a political adviser to Alan Sugar and has worked on Labour’s national small business policy.

 

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