"This is the greatest honour."
The House of Lords has appointed their newest member, Pakistan-born British citizen Wajid Khan, as a life peer.
Councillor Khan was anointed to the honour by Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer.
Wajid Khan, aged 41, has been elected from Burnley, Lancashire and is the youngest opposition peer in the House of Lords.
In May 2020, Councillor Khan had the honour of being elected the youngest Mayor of Burnley.
Councillor Khan has become the first peer anointed from Burnley since Willis Jackson was appointed Baron Jackson of Burnley in 1967.
Wajid Khan is a British Labour Party politician.
He served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for North West England from 2017 until 2019.
During his term, he remained vocal about several issues, including fracking and climate change, gender equality, and human rights violations in Kashmir.
He has also served in Britain’s Foreign Affairs Committee and Human Rights Committee, as well as the Arab Peninsula and South Asia delegations.
Councillor Khan has been highlighted the importance of helping the Labour Party develop a strong policy to bring about peace in South Asia.
He is also the co-founder and national coordinator of the voluntary group Labour Friends of Kashmir.
The group campaigns for peace and justice in Kashmir, with a specific focus on international law and human rights.
The group tweeted Councillor Khan’s appointment into the House of Lords.
— Labour Friends of Kashmir (Official) (@labourkashmir) December 22, 2020
“We are delighted with the news that the co-founder and National Coordinator of Labour Friends of Kashmir, @WajidKhanMayor has been appointed into the House of Lords.”
He originally hails from Kharian Tehsil of Gujrat District in Pakistan.
Issuing a statement, Councillor Khan said: “This is the greatest honour.
“It’s not something I had even considered but to be put forward as a life peer and to serve in the House of Lords is the pinnacle of my long and varied political career.
“Not only is it a personal honour, but it’s also a testament to the support I have had from my family and from the residents of our borough.
“I plan to continue my fight to champion the causes closest to my heart human rights, workers’ rights, gender equality, and climate change.
“I still hold fast to my firm belief that the House of Lords should be an elected chamber.”
“However, I’m a political ‘animal’ and, as such, I think it’s right that I should accept this honour and continue my fight from within.
“I will serve my local community and my country with energy and enthusiasm as I always have.”
Wajid Khan’s official title is yet to be decided.