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‘Britain First’ group say: “We don’t have further mosque-campaigns”

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INVASION: Britain First members entered ten mosques in Bradford telling people to ‘reject the false prophet Mohammed and read the Bible

INVASION: Britain First members entered ten mosques in Bradford telling people to ‘reject the false prophet Mohammed and read the Bible


A group of uniformed far-right activists who visited ten mosques across Bradford, carrying out a ‘Christian Crusade’ and handing out Army Bibles to Imams, have said that they are not against Muslims.

The representatives of Britain First who were dressed in matching flatcaps and green jackets embossed with the party logo stating "Taking our country back" had filmed themselves randomly talking about ‘Muslim grooming gangs’ and had even told one Muslim man to ‘reject the false prophet Mohammed and read the Bible’.

Led by Paul Golding, a former BNP councilor, during their unprovoked visit to Bradford, they turned up at the doorstep of Bradford Lord Mayor Khadim Hussain’s house demanding to see him on what he was doing to combat child sexual exploitation in the Muslim community. They then accused his daughters of lying when they told the group that he was not home.

CONCERNED: Zulfi Karim, secretary of the Bradford Council of Mosques is fearful the situation could get out of control if agencies don’t step in

CONCERNED: Zulfi Karim, secretary of the Bradford Council of Mosques is fearful the situation could get out of control if agencies don’t step in

Zulfi Karim, secretary of the Bradford Council of Mosques, said the action marked a new wave of right-wing action and was co-ordinated with almost military precision.

Now this week, the actions of the Britain First members have been slammed by Secretary of State for Communities Rt Hon. Eric Pickles MP and MP Stephen Williams - the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, who has responsibility for Community Cohesion.

Though Britain First, an off-shoot of BNP, haven’t broken any laws per se, the unprovoked invasion of several mosques by the group has raised questions as to where the law stands on intimidation.

MP David Ward and Zulfi Karim from the Bradford Council for Mosques led on the talks concerning what immediate actions could be put in place to help alleviate any community concerns and what steps could be implemented to ensure that all local religious institutions can deal with any future attacks.

INVASION: Britain First members entered ten mosques in Bradford telling people to ‘reject the false prophet Mohammed and read the Bible

INVASION: Britain First members entered ten mosques in Bradford telling people to ‘reject the false prophet Mohammed and read the Bible

The Communities Secretary confirmed that he will be speaking to the Home Secretary to try to ascertain what measures needed to be put in place to ensure that the Police can take effective action in the future to prevent such incidences occurring.

Britain First, speaking to the Asian Express, said that they are fuelled by the breakdown of society and failure of politics in Britain.

“We’re a group of people who abhor the effects of binge drinking, mindless racist actions as well as grooming and FGM,” say Britain First spokesperson James Dowson, also considered the founder of the group.

He added: “We believe that even if every single immigrant left this country, this country would still be on it’s knees because of the politicians that have failed us.

“We don’t have anything against the vast majority of law-abiding Muslims but we feel that they are not addressing issues such as grooming which is led by Asian gangs.
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“Let me put it this way, I’d prefer a devout Muslim attending his mosque rather than hanging around drinking cans of larger like an EDL member.”

Asked on any further plans to target mosques in other cities, he said: “No but
in hindsight, perhaps we should not have tried to get our message across in this manner, but we are working on opening up an educated dialogue with people.”

HANDED OUT: 100 Bibles were given across the ten-mosque invasion last weekend

HANDED OUT: 100 Bibles were given across the ten-mosque invasion last weekend

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “The reaction of Bradford’s Muslim citizens was a commendable example of British reasonableness. In our country everyone should feel free to worship without fear of harassment or interruption. Freedom of worship is a fundamental and hard-fought British liberty that we should defend.”

Communities Minister Stephen Williams MP said: “These were the deliberate and provocative actions of thugs and we utterly condemn the invasion of any Mosque as disrespectful and hateful. We will support faith organisations and Council of Mosques to take the right security precautions and ensure people in Bradford feel safe.”

 

Vince Firth

Vince Firth

Superintendent Vince Firth

“I fully appreciate the level of concern that exists following the reports relating to the group Britain First and I first want to reassure people that we view this matter very seriously.

"We have a dedicated team of detectives, led by a senior investigating officer, who are making enquiries. They are in close liaison with the Crown Prosecution Service and if any offences have been committed, appropriate action will be taken.

“We are also aware of incorrect social media posts in relation to these allegations in Bradford which suggest that an arrest has taken place, however, at this stage I can confirm our investigations remain ongoing.

“We do not underestimate the impact that such incidents can have on our community and we are fully committed to supporting local people in their places of worship.

“Bradfordians have shown on many occasions how they can come together, rejecting potential threats in a dignified manner. Local people continue to have a big role to play and we ask that whatever is happening, they allow the police and our partners to manage it with the resources at our disposal.

“Following this incident, work was immediately undertaken by local Neighbourhood Policing Teams and statements were offered to the media on Sunday evening.

“We continue to update the public, community leaders, the local Authority and the Council for Mosques as to the current position.

“If you have any concerns, or have witnessed any of these events, please approach your local Neighbourhood Policing Team via the non emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.”

David Ward’s Business survey shows 84% of Bradfordian Businesses say staying in EU is best for Britain

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Bradford East MP, David Ward, has surveyed over 2,500 businesses in Bradford and discovered that a significant 36.22 per cent thought that leaving the EU would have direct negative effects for their company with an overwhelming 84 per cent of those surveyed believing that staying in the EU would be in Britain’s best interests.

The results from David’s business survey also show that measures introduced by the Liberal Democrats in Government have been significantly beneficial to businesses in Bradford.

David Ward MP and Edward Macmillan-Scot MEP at Heera Jewellers bw
David’s survey was sent to over 2,500 businesses from a variety of different industries across his Bradford East constituency. The survey asked a range of questions on significant issues that might affect business in Bradford.

The businesses survey ranged from those who had 0-250 employees and included businesses from an assortment of sectors such as retail, textiles, process and manufacturing and construction.

The results from the survey showed that, of businesses who answered:

• An overwhelming 84.17 per  cent believe that staying in the EU would be in Britain’s best interests.

• 36.22 per cent think that if Britain left the EU this would directly negatively affect their business, and in some cases even cause their business to close.

• 60.19 per cent believe that Britain should focus on building further trade links with the EU/the European Economic Area.

The survey also revealed just how beneficial measures introduced by the Liberal Democrats in Government were for businesses:

• 71.3 per cent feel that the Regional Growth Fund, set to give grants to growing businesses to invest in particular projects, will support their business.

• A huge 88 per cent said that the £2000 cut in National Insurance contributions will help their business.

• And 67 per cent said that the £1500 grant to help take on an apprentice will be beneficial for their business.

Commenting David said: “It was great to survey local businesses to find out their views on issues that affect businesses and jobs in Bradford. It’s clear from the survey results that the UK’s membership of the EU is vital for jobs and businesses in Bradford.

“The Liberal Democrats are the only main Party that are firmly supporting Britain’s place in the EU. Our strong support for membership does not mean we think that the European Union is perfect – continued reform is necessary and we have already achieved reforms such as securing an historic cut to the EU budget.

“However, as this survey shows, the benefits of the UK being within the European Union are unquestionable. Around half our trade and nearly half of our foreign direct investment comes from other EU member states, 3.5 million UK jobs are linked to our trade with the EU and our membership of the EU brings an average net benefit of a whopping £3000 for every household each year.

“The surveys also show that several measures the Liberal Democrats have implemented in government to aid businesses have been extremely significant for businesses in Bradford and have encouraged growth.

“I will continue to coordinate and work with businesses and the local community in Bradford to make sure I bring about a stronger economy for my constituents.”

Commenting Yorkshire and Humber MEP, Edward Macmillan-Scott said: “The business survey from David shows that we cannot ignore the message from major employers about how important the EU is for jobs and growth.

“Also a major survey by The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in November last year showed that eight out of ten British companies want to stay in the EU. Both claim that leaving Europe would put millions of British jobs at risk.

“In addition, a YouGov poll showed that 4,641 businesses in Yorkshire & Humber would be forced to close if the UK pulls out, resulting in potential job losses of up to 124,790.

“These figures are just a reminder of how important the EU is for Britain and why the Liberal Democrats are on the winning side of what's right for Britain. Even though we agree that the EU needs reforms, we are the party on the side of business. We are the party of ‘in’.”

David Ward’s Business survey shows 84% of Bradfordian Businesses say staying in EU is best for Britain

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Bradford East MP, David Ward, has surveyed over 2,500 businesses in Bradford and discovered that a significant 36.22 per cent thought that leaving the EU would have direct negative effects for their company with an overwhelming 84 per cent of those surveyed believing that staying in the EU would be in Britain’s best interests.

The results from David’s business survey also show that measures introduced by the Liberal Democrats in Government have been significantly beneficial to businesses in Bradford.

David Ward MP and Edward Macmillan-Scot MEP at Heera Jewellers

David Ward MP and Edward Macmillan-Scot MEP at Heera Jewellers

David’s survey was sent to over 2,500 businesses from a variety of different industries across his Bradford East constituency. The survey asked a range of questions on significant issues that might affect business in Bradford.

The businesses survey ranged from those who had 0-250 employees and included businesses from an assortment of sectors such as retail, textiles, process and manufacturing and construction.

The results from the survey showed that, of businesses who answered:

• An overwhelming 84.17 per  cent believe that staying in the EU would be in Britain’s best interests.

• 36.22 per cent think that if Britain left the EU this would directly negatively affect their business, and in some cases even cause their business to close.

• 60.19 per cent believe that Britain should focus on building further trade links with the EU/the European Economic Area.

The survey also revealed just how beneficial measures introduced by the Liberal Democrats in Government were for businesses:

• 71.3 per cent feel that the Regional Growth Fund, set to give grants to growing businesses to invest in particular projects, will support their business.

• A huge 88 per cent said that the £2000 cut in National Insurance contributions will help their business.

• And 67 per cent said that the £1500 grant to help take on an apprentice will be beneficial for their business.

Commenting David said: “It was great to survey local businesses to find out their views on issues that affect businesses and jobs in Bradford. It’s clear from the survey results that the UK’s membership of the EU is vital for jobs and businesses in Bradford.

“The Liberal Democrats are the only main Party that are firmly supporting Britain’s place in the EU. Our strong support for membership does not mean we think that the European Union is perfect – continued reform is necessary and we have already achieved reforms such as securing an historic cut to the EU budget.

“However, as this survey shows, the benefits of the UK being within the European Union are unquestionable. Around half our trade and nearly half of our foreign direct investment comes from other EU member states, 3.5 million UK jobs are linked to our trade with the EU and our membership of the EU brings an average net benefit of a whopping £3000 for every household each year.

“The surveys also show that several measures the Liberal Democrats have implemented in government to aid businesses have been extremely significant for businesses in Bradford and have encouraged growth.

“I will continue to coordinate and work with businesses and the local community in Bradford to make sure I bring about a stronger economy for my constituents.”

Commenting Yorkshire and Humber MEP, Edward Macmillan-Scott said: “The business survey from David shows that we cannot ignore the message from major employers about how important the EU is for jobs and growth.

“Also a major survey by The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in November last year showed that eight out of ten British companies want to stay in the EU. Both claim that leaving Europe would put millions of British jobs at risk.

“In addition, a YouGov poll showed that 4,641 businesses in Yorkshire & Humber would be forced to close if the UK pulls out, resulting in potential job losses of up to 124,790.

“These figures are just a reminder of how important the EU is for Britain and why the Liberal Democrats are on the winning side of what's right for Britain. Even though we agree that the EU needs reforms, we are the party on the side of business. We are the party of ‘in’.”