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12 January 2016
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My Remarkable Journey

The Autobiography of Britain’s First Muslim MP
by Mohammad Sarwar - Find out more about the author

‘Most political memoirs are about the past. This one, when it looks to the future, is a powerful contribution to an important global debate. Scotland is fortunate that Mr Sarwar happened to find himself here almost half a century ago, for by speaking out in this way he has done, and continues to do, the country credit.’ - Herald

This is the inspirational account of how Mohammad Sarwar rose to fame, fortune and political power from modest beginnings in rural Pakistan. Born in Punjab in 1952, Sarwar’s early years were characterized by hardship and persecution. But this all changed after arriving in Glasgow, where he transformed a corner shop on the verge of bankruptcy to a Cash-and-Carry wholesale business with a turnover of more than £200m a year.

From business he moved into politics, becoming MP for Glasgow Govan, then Glasgow Central. No stranger to controversy – he voted against Tony Blair’s decision to invade Iraq, and was famously caught in a News of the World sting in 1997 for allegedly bribing an election rival – he has also been heavily involved in extensive charity humanitarian work in Pakistan. This work continues in his current position as Governor of Punjab.

'Representing all that is best and good in islam is very, very important to the Parliament - educating all of us about the reality of Islam: a faith of peace, a community of peace and mosques being at the centre of the very best of community and community interest. The support you gave was very helpful... The book, My Remarkable Journey, is an understatement. I think it should be An Amazing Journey by someone who has given so much to our community - i congratulate you on the book, what you have done as an MP, what you’ve done in the community and now what you’re doing in Pakistan'

- Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, 2016


Mohammad Sarwar is a Pakistani and a former Scottish politician who served as Governor of Punjab, from 2 August 2013 until his resignation on 29 January 2015.