“SAY hi to auntie,” Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq presumably peeped as she waved Keir Starmer off on his “fostering relations” mission to Bangladesh last week. Around 20,000 of his constituents are British Bangladeshis.
During his trip, a fully-suited Keir (alongside Councillor Abdul Hai wearing a shocker of a pink tie) was given a tour to see the slums in Dhaka, before meeting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Tulip’s aunt. In return, she received a signed picture of the House of Commons. How many people receive a picture of their niece’s workplace as a gift?
Hasina’s rule, of course, can divide opinion – or as the Holborn and St Pancras MP politely wrote in his ‘dispatch from Bangladesh’ in last week’s New Journal: “History in Bangladesh is a contested issue and, as a delegation, we wanted balance and discussion.”