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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
"We stand united, undeterred by the terror and violence"
As we were returning to some sense of normality following the brutal Manchester attack, we the people of Britain have been hit by the atrocities at London Bridge and the Borough Market. I am outraged, appalled and disgusted. During the blessed month of Ramadan, a bunch of cowards have again inflicted horror on our lives. This is not Islam. The Quran equates the taking of just one life with the killing of all of humanity. The sanctity of life is underlined in the Quran. We must guard all life, not just our own.These coward terrorists respect neither life nor faith. They are indiscriminate in their killing. They care for no-one, not you or me. They will never win. What will triumph is the spirit of the Mancunians and Londoners. Following the London attacks, we again witnessed the strength of solidarity between people of all faiths and none. A Muslim taxi driver rushed to the scene to take people home whilst he cried with his passengers. Muslim doctors treated the injured and Muslim polic
Solidarity and respect.
"I will be at City Park, Bradford City Centre today (Sunday) at 6pm to hold a vigil in memory of the lives lost last night in London.Come and join me to show solidarity and respect for the victims of the attacks in London."

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