Maya Ali (politician)

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Ajijun Maya Ali (born 9 May 1969) is a British Labour Party politician, former councillor for Westwood ward in Coventry City Council[1][2] and solicitor.

Early life

Ali was born in Kojakabad, Bishwanath, Sylhet District, Sylhet Division, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). Ali's parents are Aftab Ali and Monta Bibi. Ali immigrated to the United Kingdom at the age of 10 months with her mother to join her father,[3] who was a factory worker. Ali was brought up in Hillfields, Coventry.[4]

Education and career

Ali attended Lyng Hall School and left after completing GCSEs at the age of 16. In 1985, Ali embarked on an Access course at Tile Hill College in Coventry. She then went on to read LLB Law (Hons) at the University of Warwick[3] as a mature student and graduated in 2000.[4]

To gain training, Maya started by working in a law firm in London for four months, this meant being separated away from her family. She trained at J R Jones Solicitors, and qualified in 2005. She soon progressed herself as the head of conveyancing department.[3]

In 2007, Maya opened a legal practice in partnership then parted the Partnership in March 2009 and set up her own legal practice Maya & Co Solicitors in Foleshill, Coventry as a sole practitioner.[3]

Ali has been appointed as the legal executive for the Coventry Awami League Committee. She is also part of the "made in Coventry" campaign for the City College Coventry in their aim to influence student to study and achieve their ambitions.[3]

In 2010, Ali stood and lost for the Conservative Party in St Michael's ward in the Coventry City Council elections.[5] In May 2012, after changing her party allegiance, she stood and won as the Labour candidate for Westwood ward, unseating her former Conservative Party colleague Marcus Lapsa.[6][7] She was unsuccessful in retaining the seat in the May 2016 election.[2]

Personal life

At the age of 16, Ali married catering business owner Syed Akbar M Ali. They have three children.[3]

See also


  1. Chilton, Steve (10 November 2014). "Red Button: Missing Maya - on the look out for Coventry city councillor Ali". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 6 July 2017. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Coventry City Council (local) election results - 5 May 2016: Westwood Ward - Conservative gain". Coventry City Council. Retrieved 6 July 2017. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Karim, Mohammed Abdul; Karim, Shahadoth (October 2009). British Bangladeshi Who's Who. British Bangla Media Group. p. 26. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Reid, Les (31 October 2011). "Tory defector to stand for Labour in Coventry elections". Coventry: Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  5. "Coventry City Council (local) election results - 6 May 2010". Coventry City Council. 6 May 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  6. Carpenter, Steve (4 May 2012). "How events unfolded at the Ricoh Arena". Coventry: Coventry Observer. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  7. "Coventry City Council (local) election results - 3 May 2012". Coventry City Council. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 

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