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Norsheen Bhatti (born 14 July 1976 in Birmingham) is a British politician. She is the Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate for Stoke-on-Trent Central.

A Liberal Democrat activist from the age of 18,[1] Bhatti was Paddy Ashdown's assistant when he was party leader.[2] She ran for the party in Brent East in 2001 (third, increasing share of the vote to 11%), and in Battersea in 2005 (third, increasing share of the vote to 15%).[3] In 2006, Bhatti ran for Wandsworth Borough Council, coming fifth in the three-seat Graveney ward.

She had been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Chelsea and Fulham for the next general election, when she defected to the Conservative Party in April 2009. She cited David Cameron's commitment to helping more members of ethnic minorities be elected, writing in her resignation letter that the Liberal Democrats were no longer 'representative of the people and views of all members of British society',[4] and accused the party of 'drifting into the wilderness' under Nick Clegg.[5]

Bhatti is second-generation British Pakistani.[1] She is a trainee solicitor and used to work at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.[4] She is also a part-time belly dancer, earning up to £260 an hour performing at private parties.[6] She currently lives in south west London.[1]




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