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Mohammad Asghar

Welsh Assembly Member

Shadow Minister for Equalities & Sport

Email: mohammad.asghar@wales.gov.uk

Mohammad Asghar

Mohammad - known to his friends as Oscar - has been an Assembly Member since 2007 when he became the first person from an ethnic minority to win a seat in the National Assembly. Born in Pashawar, Pakistan, in 1945 Oscar is fluent in Urdu and Punjabi, and attended Pashawar University before completing his accountancy training at Nash College, Newport.

Oscar joined the Conservative Party in December 2009, when he left Plaid Cymru and became the first AM to 'cross the floor' and join another party in the Assembly's history.

Joining the Conservatives, along with his daughter Natashar, he said: "For some time now I have felt out of tune with the views and policies of Plaid Cymru. My politics are very much in line with wanting a stronger Wales within a successful United Kingdom. I believe that the Welsh Conservative Party in the National Assembly ... reflects my beliefs."

Oscar is a former Newport city councillor and fought the 2003 Assembly and 2005 General Elections. His political interests include economic development and combating social exclusion.

A qualified pilot, his interests outside politics include cricket, athletics and badminton.