Nusrat lives in one of the Wealden constituency’s beautiful villages around the Ashdown Forest, having been selected as the Conservative candidate in 2013 at an open primary, one of the largest in the country with 400 members of the public attending. She was elected in 2015, securing the highest majority in the constituency’s history.
Nusrat’s focus is to ensure that Wealden’s market towns – Hailsham, Crowborough and Uckfield – and the villages are supported as beacons of economic and community strength. The constituency is lucky to boast thriving small independent businesses, including many farms and award-winning vineyards, and Nusrat works to deliver continued investment in the local area as the parliamentary officer for the Conservative Rural Affairs Group.
Since her election Nusrat has sat on the Home Affairs Select Committee, and chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Eye Health and Visual Impairment and on Ageing and Older People. Wealden, and East Sussex in general, has more over-85 year olds than almost anywhere in the country.
In 2016 Nusrat chaired an inquiry with Barnardo’s into child-on-child sexual abuse, and with the Sussex Elders’ Commission is campaigning to tackle scams against the elderly. She has tabled proposals to enhance the support given to victims of domestic violence and to tackle aggravated murder, and in February 2017 she was appointed as Chair of the Government’s Apprenticeships Diversity Champions Network.