HAVE you heard about Tulip Siddiq, the Labour MP who complained about the White Privilege of Male Politicians?
As a teenager, I’d often look at the sea of all white, all male politicians on TV and tell myself that there’s no way I’d ever get to represent my home seat in Parliament. Then I’d see @HackneyAbbott & I would feel inspired, encouraged & hopeful.
— Tulip Siddiq (@TulipSiddiq) February 10, 2019
She claimed that as a teenager she’d never have dreamed of overcoming this opportunity gap without the inspirational Diane Abbott.
She wanted to come across as a modern Rosa Parks, the black civil rights heroine who famously refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man.
But how similar are their lives?
It turns out young Tulip’s aunt was the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. Grandad was the President!
As a child she met Nelson Mandela and President Clinton. Her private schooling was exclusive to those who could afford the six grand fees.
Just two years after finishing her degree in Politics, she was selected as candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn in succession to Glenda Jackson, and was elected in 2015.
Unlike Rosa Parks, Tulip didn’t have to fight for her seat. She got it on a plate with a side order of expenses.
Nobody is calling her Rosa Parks. Instead, she’s been dubbed Rosa Perks.