In 2015 and 2017 Bilal stood as the Parliamentary Candidate against Iain Duncan Smith. He narrowed the electoral gap from 13,000 to 2,400 achieving a record-setting 16% swing. Together with local campaigners, he transformed the safe Conservative seat formerly held by Norman Tebbit and Winston Churchill into a key marginal.
He is passionate about social mobility. As a Governor of the English-Speaking Union (an international education charity), he developed a London-wide schools debating and mentoring programme for disadvantaged young people. After 15 years, the London Debate Challenge continues to empower through critical thinking and communication skills.
By day, he is Senior Legal Counsel for China Construction Bank, the world’s second largest commercial bank. He is responsible for managing the legal side to all the bank’s major international transactions. Prior to this role, he was a banking and finance associate at Allen & Overy LLP. He is also a Director of the East London Credit Union, a co-operative providing fair financial services to the local community.
Bilal has written articles for the Independent, the New Statesmen, Labourlist and Open Labour.