Anas was born in Glasgow in 1983 and joined the Labour Party when he was just 16. He studied dentistry at the University of Glasgow and worked as a dentist in the NHS in Paisley for five years prior to becoming a MP.
Anas was elected to represent the constituency of Glasgow Central in 2010. Shortly after becoming an MP, he was elected by his colleagues to serve on the House of Commons International Development Committee. He was also co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Anti-Corruption.
In 2011, he was elected as deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party, and he led the party’s positive campaign against Scottish independence – United With Labour – in the run-up to the 2014 referendum. Anas toured the country in a bus to speak to thousands of Scots during the campaign.
In 2015 he worked on charitable projects, founding Glasgow Cares. He raised funds to transport ambulances to the Greek island of Lesbos to support Syrian refugees, and also launched a toy bank in Glasgow with the aim of ensuring every child in the city could enjoy Christmas.
At the 2016 Scottish Parliament election, Anas was elected as an MSP for Glasgow. He was then appointed by Kezia Dugdale as Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health, and successfully exposed how the SNP is failing our NHS. He established an expert-led workforce commission to tackle the staffing crisis in the health service. He stood to be Scottish Labour leader in 2017, and now serves as a backbench MSP, fighting for constituents in Glasgow.
In 2018, Anas established the Scottish Parliament's Cross-Party Group on Tackling Islamophobia, highlighting the racism he had faced. The group works to eradicate prejudice, hatred and bigotry.
He is married to Furheen and has three young sons, and lives in Glasgow.
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