First Turkey-born woman enters British parliament

Feryal Clark, nee Demirci, became the first woman born in Turkey to enter the U.K. parliament in the Dec. 12 general elections.

Labour MP Clark comes from a Kurdish-British family and was born in Turkey’s Malatya province.


Feryal Clark was elected with 51 per cent of the vote from Enfield North, which has a large Turkish and Kurdish immigrant population.

Clark had most recently served as the deputy mayor of London’s Hackney borough.

Another Kurdish-British candidate, İbrahim Doğuş, lost to his Conservative rival in West Bromwich.

The first Turkish-speaking British MP was elected in 1983 with the Conservative Party’s Richard Hikmet, whose father was from Turkey.