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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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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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Salma Yaqoob says she is standing for election in Bradford West in bid to reverse 'years of neglect'
FORMER Respect leader Salma Yaqoob has said she is standing for election in Bradford West in a bid to reverse its “years of neglect”. Ms Yaqoob, who was born in Bradford but lives in Birmingham, yesterday released a statement, saying: “Bradford West is at a critical juncture at which it faces a choice between more of the same or lasting and positive change.“For too long, the constituency has been let down by Tory and Labour party neglect. Residents are fed up with the complacency of the local political establishment.“For years, education and training has been left to deteriorate. Unemployment is high and local businesses struggle to recruit talent. This is a fundamental failing of those in power who have allowed Bradford West to be left behind. This must be corrected.”Ms Yaqoob quit Respect in 2012 after distancing herself from controversial comments made by party colleague George Galloway about rape.She will enter an eight-way fight for the seat, currently held by Labour
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