IT IS an honour and a privilege to have been elected as the deputy leader of the Glasgow Labour Group - the first person from a diverse background to hold the position.

Our party made progress in the recent elections, cutting five percentage points off the SNP’s total vote share, and coming within just one seat of being the largest party on the council.

Glasgow has given me, and my family, so many opportunities to flourish and grow.

My dad came to the UK from Pakistan when he was 19. He fell in love with Glasgow and decided to stay and build his home. My mum worked long hours, and brought up our family in Anderston.

Though we never lived in luxury, there was a true sense of community. And it's from my working-class family and that community that I derive my values. We helped each other, we looked out for our neighbours and supported each other through the tough times.

And for many of us, education was the route out of poverty and deprivation.

Thankfully, my dad was a champion for equality and education, and encouraged me to achieve my potential.

Education was a top priority in our household. I was the first female in my family to attend university. I studied chemistry and eventually achieved a Masters in Pharmaceutical Analysis. My PhD was funded by AstraZeneca - once an obscure corporation, now a household name.

Since earning my PhD, I have worked in industry and in education - hopefully doing my bit to inspire a new generation of women in STEM.

Standing for election was never part of my plan. I guess if I hadn't been asked, I would never have considered it.

Muslim women can face sexism, racism and Islamophobia. Sometimes people don't expect someone who looks like me, born and brought up in an area of deprivation to be in elected office. For some I wasn't "electable" as I wasn't "westernised enough".

But history has proven that to be wrong. I’m delighted to have been elected for the third term in what is considered one of the most politicised wards in Scotland, in the centre of the First Minister’s constituency. An area blighted by stark inequality and environmental challenges.

I am humbled that constituents have put their trust in me again and my colleagues asked me to stand to be deputy leader of Glasgow Labour.

Every day I hear from constituents that are blighted by overcrowded housing, and have been on waiting lists sometimes for a decade. Affordable housing is a distant dream. I see queues outside food pantries, and families can't afford to pay their bills.

Poverty and inequality are holding back children and families.

The state of our roads, bins and parks are impacting their quality of life.

As a woman of colour and faith, I understand the barriers that many face daily.

I face inequality every day and dislike any form of injustice and passionately believe in a fairer and equal society for all.

Glasgow has given me so much and I believe every Glaswegian should have similar life chances.

That is the Glasgow that I will continue to fight for as part of Glasgow Labour’s new, dynamic leadership team.