|Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Health, Wellbeing and Social Care|
6 January 2020
|Leader||Ed Davey & Mark Pack|
|Member of Parliament |
12 December 2019
|Sir Vince Cable|
Munira Sherali Hassam
|Political party||Liberal Democrat|
|Spouse(s)||Michael Robert Wilson|
|Alma mater||St Catharine's College, Cambridge|
Munira Hassam Wilson (née Hassam) (born 1978) is a British Liberal Democrat politician who was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Twickenham at the 2019 general election. She succeeded the former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable as MP.
Munira Wilson attended Henrietta Barnett School, a state grammar school in north London. She then went on to study at St Catharine's College, Cambridge from 1996 to 2000, where she graduated with a degree in Modern Languages (French and German), including a year abroad as an English assistant in two secondary schools in southern France.
After graduation, she trained as a tax consultant with Ernst & Young. She then switched to working for the Liberal Democrats, becoming the campaigns organiser for Sue Doughty and the Guildford Liberal Democrats in 2004-5, ahead of Doughty losing her Guildford seat at the 2005 general election. She went on to work for newly elected MP Nick Clegg for the first six months of 2006. She subsequently went on to spend over a decade as a lobbyist, until her election to Parliament in 2019, firstly for Save the Children (2006-8), then for Beating Bowel Cancer (2008-9), and Novartis (2009-15), where she rose to become head of government affairs - pharmaceuticals. She then entered the public sector as a strategic account manager at NHS Digital from 2015-6, before returning to lobbying in 2016-9 as corporate affairs director, UK & Ireland for the German science and technology company Merck KGaA Darmstadt.
Wilson served a term as a councillor on Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council from 2006 to 2010. She contested Twickenham's neighbouring constituency of Feltham and Heston in the 2010 general election, where she came third. In the 2012 London Assembly election she stood in South West constituency.
She was selected in 2019 to replace Sir Vince Cable as the Liberal Democrat candidate in his Twickenham constituency, and went on to hold the seat with an increased majority at the 2019 United Kingdom general election. She won the seat with 36,166 votes (56.1% of the total votes cast), giving her a majority of 14,121 over her Conservative opponent. The Green Party in Twickenham had voted to stand aside to support Wilson.
Wilson has opposed plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport, and has worked to improve rail services in South West London. Twickenham is on a flight path to Heathrow, and Wilson has stated that "We are absolutely 100% opposed to Heathrow expansion." She was given two Liberal Democrat spokesperson roles by acting leader Ed Davey in January 2020, taking on the Transport brief, as well as Health, Wellbeing and Social Care.