Mohammad Asghar – known to his friends as Oscar – has been an Assembly Member since 2007 when he became the first person from an ethnic minority to win a seat in the National Assembly. Born in Pashawar, Pakistan, in 1945 Oscar is fluent in Urdu and Punjabi, and attended Pashawar University before completing his accountancy training at Nash College, Newport.
Oscar joined the Conservative Party in December 2009, when he left Plaid Cymru and became the first AM to ‘cross the floor’ and join another party in the Assembly’s history.
Oscar is a former Newport city councillor, and fought the 2003 Assembly and 2005 General Elections. His political interests include economic development and combating social exclusion.
A qualified pilot, his interests outside politics include cricket, athletics and badminton.
Oscar served as Shadow Minister for Equalities and Sport from 2010 to 2014, and was reappointed in July 2014 until May 2016. Oscar was re-elected on the regional list in May 2016.