Earlier this year, on 18 April 2018, CMF Executive Member and Chair of CMF Youth Cllr Hashim Bhatti helped the think tank Forward Thinking to organise an event in Parliament to encourage younger ethnic minority individuals to consider getting more involved with politics. CMF Chairman Mohammed Amin and CMF Executive Secretary Shaheen Thantrey also attended the event.
The event was not party political, and featured speakers from across the political spectrum.
The speakers were:
- Nusrat Ghani MP (Conservative): Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Transport.
- Dominic Grieve QC MP (Conservative): MP for Beaconsfield since 1997. He has served as Attorney General for England and Wales and Advocate General for Northern Ireland from May 2010 to July 2014, in addition to Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament.
- Councillor Salma Arif (Labour): One of the youngest councillors to be elected to Leeds City Council with over 70% of the vote.
- Councillor Hashim Bhatti (Conservative): The first British Pakistani to be selected by the Conservative Party in Windsor for the local council elections and Chair of the youth wing of the Conservative Muslim Forum.
- Councillor Magid Magid (Green): A British-Somali who was the youngest-ever, and the first Green Party councillor to be elected Lord Mayor of Sheffield.
- Tara Hussain (Liberal Democrats): At just 22 years old, an aspiring local politician who ran as a Local Council candidate for the Liberal Democrats in Tower Hamlets, East London.
Forward Thinking have since published a short write-up of the event on their website. There is also a five page summary of the discussions available for download.