Cllr Rabina Khan is one of the most influential politicians in the East London borough of Tower Hamlets, where she serves as a Liberal Democrat councillor, and ran a close second in her bid to be Mayor as an independent candidate. Born in Bangladesh and raised in Rochester but has lived in Tower Hamlets since 1991, she is known for her passionate support of causes such as stopping youth knife crime and building more social housing. She is currently a Special Advisor to the Liberal Democrats House of Lords.
Rabina was the first Muslim woman to hold the portfolio for Housing and Regeneration (2010 to 2015) and was central to the creation of 4500+ new homes in the borough. Under her tenure key regeneration projects won both the Sunday Times Award for most improved borough and the Planning Award for the project Whitechapel Vision. In May 2009, Rabina was part of a delegation to Bangladesh, organised by the British Government's Foreign Office as part of their Counter Terrorism strategy. In 2009, The National UAE covered Rabina's work around dispelling myths and stereotypes about the Hijab and bringing Muslim and Non-Muslim women together and in 2014, she won the Hero of the Year at the European Diversity Awards.
Rabina is a prolific writer and contributes regular topical articles in the Guardian, Independent, Huffington Post, East London Advertiser and The Asian Voice to name a few, in addition to participating in current affairs' programmes and radio shows.
She is represented by Literary Agent Lauren Gardner of Bell Lomax Moreton Literary Agents.