Rania Khan (born 1983) is a British Independent politician, councillor for Bromley-by-Bow and Cabinet member for culture and regeneration in Tower Hamlets London Borough Council. In 2006, at the age of 23, she was first elected as a councillor making her the youngest councillor in the country.

Early life

Khan was born in Tripoli, Libya and came to the United Kingdom as a child where she completed her BSc in Biology and Computing at University of Surrey[1] She has also completed a PGCE in Biology and secondary school Science at Goldsmiths,University of London.


In 2006, Khan was first elected as a Respect Party candidate in Bromley-by-Bow.[2] In October 2007, she resigned from Respect Party,[2]

In July 2008, defected to the Labour Party.[3][4] In October 2010, she was suspended along with nine other councillors from the Labour Party for her support of the Independent Mayor Lutfur Rahman in Tower Hamlets.[5]

Khan then became an Independent councillor.[6][7] In February 2012, she was nominated for ‘Young Councillor of the Year’ at the C’llr Achievement Awards run by national think thank the Local Government Information Unit.[6][8]

Khan is currently a Cabinet member for culture and regeneration,[9] and a secondary school Science teacher. She is a treasurer for Kingsley Hall, and is a board member for various statutory and non-statutory bodies. Khan has also held Cabinet positions for Regeneration & Partnership and Employment & Skills. She is a member of NUT, CAPE (Campaign Against People’s Exploitation), Liberty and NOS (National Osteoporosis Society).[10]

Personal life

Khan was married to Neil Zakarieya L'aiguille, but is now divorced.[10][11] Her mother, Lutfa Begum is a nurse, former officer in the Bangladesh Army and was elected as councillor for Limehouse ward in 2006.[12][13][14]


  1. Behind The Hijab. Silsila Productions. Retrieved on 1 May 2012. Cllr Rania Khan
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bhattacharyya, Anindya (13 May 2006). "Respect kicks out Labour leadership in Tower Hamlets" (2000 ed.). Socialist Worker. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  3. "No alternative for workers" (728 ed.). Weekly Worker. 3 July 2008. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  4. Saini, Angela (30 October 2007). "Divisions emerge within Respect". BBC London. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  5. Gilligan, Andrew (1 October 2010). "'The veil should not be a barrier between women'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Kvist, Else (17 February 2012). "Tower Hamlets councillor Rania Khan up for award after fighting against sex and lap dancing clubs". East London Advertiser. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  7. Councillor Rania Khan. Tower Hamlets Council. Retrieved on 1 May 2012.
  8. Tower Hamlets councillor up for prestigious award. Tower Hamlets Council (20 February 2012). Retrieved on 1 May 2012.
  9. London Borough of Tower Hamlets. London Councils' Directory (2012). Retrieved on 1 May 2012.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Cllr Rania Khan. British Bangladeshi Who's Who 2011. British Bangla Media Group (October 2011). Retrieved on 1 May 2012.
  11. Fisher, Lorraine (5 November 2011). "The women's revolution". Fabulous. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  12. Cllr Lutfa Begum. British Bangladeshi Who's Who 2011. British Bangla Media Group (October 2011). Retrieved on 1 May 2012.
  13. Iqbal, Jamil; Phillips, Richard (26 July 2007). "Political Again: Legacies of the Anti-War Struggle". Bangla Mirror. p. 25. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  14. Ryan, Nick (2006). "In the Shadow of the City". The Observer. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 

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