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The head of the Birmingham Stop the War Coalition and a spokesperson for Birmingham Central Mosque.
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ENG: Salma Yaqoob (born 1971) is the former leader, and former vice-chair, of the Respect Party and a former Birmingham City Councillor. She is also the head of the Birmingham Stop the War Coalition and a spokesperson for Birmingham Central Mosque. On 11 September 2012, Yaqoob confirmed in a statement that she had left Respect. Early life Yaqoob's parents, Mohammad and Gulzarda Yaqoob, emigrated to the UK from Pakistan in the 1960s, and her father worked in a mill before joining the Royal Mail. They had 7 children - 3 daughters and 4 sons. Yaqoob was born in Bradford in 1971, but the family later moved to Birmingham, where she was raised. She describes herself during her formative years as being a "tomboyish girl" who played football on the streets of "Alum Rock". Political ...
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I arrived back from Tunisia last night and have been mulling over the experience today.The people I met there have left a deep impact on me.I was struck by their courage and dignity as they relayed tales of suffering under the disposed dictator Ben Ali. I heard stories of torture, of systemic rape against men and women, of people being imprisoned for handing out leaflets, for gathering in groups of more than two or just for calling a relative whose name was on a secret police list. Because the Tunisian people have been through such horrendous repression, the new democracy movement is ...

British political party proposes ban on niqab

LONDON: Nigel Farage, the ex-leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) who leads UKIP’s Members of European Parliament (MEPs) in Brussels has spoken out about his intention to have the burqa banned in the UK.Farage appeared on the BBC’s Politics Show last Sunday defending his view by stating that he “can’t go into a bank wearing a motorcycle helmet,” adding that “it is a symbol of something that is used to oppress women.”Salma Yaqoob, leader of the Respect political party challenged this by highlighting that “when it comes to ...

Salma Yaqoob: Banning of burkas is oppressive

Plans to ban Muslim women from covering their faces in public areas are oppressive, the leader of the Respect party said yesterday.Salma Yaqoob’s comments came as the UK Independence Party (UKIP) announced a formal policy that would make the wearing of garments such as the burka or the niqab — both of which conceal most of the face — to be illegal.Nigel Farage, the former UKIP leader and MEP, said: “In a liberal democracy we want to tolerate different religions and cultures and not have a small section of society impose their world view on the rest of us.” ...

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"I am staying. I am fighting for the people of Bradford West."
I have noted the distasteful accusations being made on social media about me and honour killings, and slurs related to anti-semitism. This is in addition to threats by Naz Shah's supporters directed at my family, my supporters and me since the start of my positive campaign. A supporter who had my poster in their window has had their window smashed. Tyres have been slashed on a car which carried my poster. Banners and posts are removed during the night, and supporters who have them up are being intimidated. These incidents are in the process of being reported to the relevant authorities.Whilst I should have expected the spreading of false rumours from some of Naz Shah’s supporters, I would not expect support for this by people in public positions.I have consciously chosen to remain silent, in the hope that we could focus on issues that matter, which is the people of Bradford West. I have maintained my stance – the people of Bradford West have been neglected, their rights fo
"I am proud of all the people I have met throughout this campaign."
Whilst I am naturally disappointed with the result, I respect the choiceBradford West has made. Nationally, Jeremy Corbyn has achieved a significant victory with people voting in droves for the Labour leader. I welcome that. This country needs a change. It is heartbreaking that under a Tory government 30,000 children in Bradford live below the poverty line and hard working families are forced to go through the indignity of relying on food-banks for basic meals. All this in the name of austerity - when in fact the richest in this country have grown richer, and the poorest have gotten poorer.There is a beautiful community spirit in Bradford which is insufficiently acknowledged and supported. I am proud that through our campaign we galvanised Bradford West - people stood up, challenged the status quo and fought for positive change. We asked hard questions and I truly believe the people of Bradford West are better for it. We have raised the levels of accountability and transparency, and de
The very least the UK owes the Rohingya is protection
Blame for the ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in Myanmar is very easily traceable to British Colonial times.Condemnation of the brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing being carried out against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar is growing around the world, with the Dalai Lama, the Pope, Nobel Laureates and world leaders from many countries calling for an end to hostilities.There is no easy way to end the offering there, but it is imperative that the world speaks out as one against such atrocities, yet the UK government's voice has barely been heard at all. Of all the countries that should be playing a role in protecting the vulnerable Muslim minority people in Myanmar, the UK should be leading efforts, as blame for the conflict in those lands is very easily traceable back to British Colonial times.Even without knowing the dark secrets of British involvement, people are horrified about what is happening in Myanmar, with hundreds of thousands of people forced from their homes by v
Birmingham Bin Workers Support Group Launched on Tuesday 3rd October 2017
My message of support to Birmingham's bin workers:"I am appalled that Birmingham City Council proposes to cut the pay of experienced grade 3 Bin workers by 20%, a pay cut of £4,000 - £5,000. It is a particular irony that this is happening at a time when even the Tories are making some concessions on public sector pay - for example making moves to remove the 1% pay rise limit. On a personal note I was delighted when a sensible deal was struck with Unite on August 15th - which happens to be my birthday! It is shocking that the Council, instead of adhering to the agreement, arrogantly chose to default on it, unnecessarily prolonging the dispute. And a Labour council at that. Betraying not just the bin workers, but the residents of Birmingham.As a health professional I am also concerned about the dangerous situation for public health. Both in terms of sanitation issues with rubbish piling up on our streets, as well as the mental stress the unpleasant environment is cau

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