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Labour select Shah

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Bradfordian to stand in general elections

LABOUR: Naz Shah says she residents in Bradford West feel a ‘deep sense of betrayal’ from current MP George Galloway

LABOUR: Naz Shah says she residents in Bradford West feel a ‘deep sense of betrayal’ from current MP George Galloway

Following the resignation of Bradford West’s Labour candidate just four days into her role, the political party has selected Naz Shah, to stand against George Galloway in the general elections.

Mrs Shah, born and raised in Bradford, said it was a ‘proud’ moment to have been chosen and says unlike her predecessor, she knows the ‘struggles’ being faced by the city’s families.

As well as being chair of mental health charity, Sharing Voices, she is also a campaigner for women’s rights and helped organise the ‘Drive for Palestine’ rally last year.

The mother-of-three is also known locally for campaigning in support of her mother, Zoora Shah, who in 1993 was jailed for poisoning her husband, Mohammed Azam, after she suffered years of domestic abuse.

Upon being selected as a candidate, Mrs Shah said: “I’m proud to have been chosen as the Labour party’s candidate for the seat in which I was born and am proud to call home.

“I am someone with a track record of campaigning and working for grass roots change and promise that if elected I will be a visible presence for Bradford West constituents and a stark alternative to divisive figure George Galloway.

RESPECT: In response to Mrs Shah’s selection, Galloway tweeted his belief that the Labour candidate ‘won’t last much longer’ than Amina Ali’s four-day reign

RESPECT: In response to Mrs Shah’s selection, Galloway tweeted his belief that the Labour candidate ‘won’t last much longer’ than Amina Ali’s four-day reign

“As is well documented I have faced big challenges in my life - I know the struggles being faced by families across Bradford West because they are struggles I have had to experience myself too.”

She added: “In the by-election in 2012 people here were sold a fake vision by a man who now admits he is more interested in winning elections than actually representing his constituents.

“I know much of the anger that people felt about mainstream parties in Bradford then still exists now, but so does a deep sense of betrayal among residents here – particularly women and young people – that Galloway led them to the top of the mountain then deserted them.”

Tower Hamlets councillor, Amina Ali, stood down from her position as Labour’s candidate last week citing family reasons.

In response to Mrs Shah’s selection, current Respect MP for Bradford West, Mr Galloway, tweeted: “I'm not sure my current New Labour opponent is going to last much longer in the contest than her predecessor. Watch this space...”

The general elections will take place this year on 7th May.

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Goodbye Griffin

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The United Kingdom may still be part of the European Parliament, whilst the wait continues for an upcoming referendum, yet one man who will no longer be associated with the continental organisation is the British National Party’s very own, Nick Griffin.

The party leader lost his place as an MEP, four years after winning two seats in the European Parliament.
Many voters seem to have switched from the right-winged group to the rapidly growing UKIP party, which made huge gains at the recent local elections.

OUT: British National Party leader, Nick Griffin, has been ejected from the European Parliament after losing his seat as an MEP

OUT: British National Party leader, Nick Griffin, has been ejected from the European Parliament after losing his seat as an MEP

After six months on taxpayer-funded severance pay, Mr Griffin said he intended to campaign in the region once more and slammed Nigel Farage’s party for being too soft.

“I've lost count of the number I've spoken to who say, ‘We really like the BNP but we are voting UKIP because there is more chance they will stop immigration and send them all home’,” he told Sky News.

“As there is not a hope in hell of that, people are going to be very disappointed when they find out what UKIP really stands for and that huge vote is going to come back to us.

“Most of the voters are what the liberal elite call ‘racist’ - they want immigration stopped for good, the whole lot of them. They think they are going to get that with UKIP. They are not.”

As an outgoing MEP Mr Griffin will still receive a wage for the next six months and he says he hopes to use these funds with the BNP to campaign for support by setting up food banks exclusively for ‘our people’.

Asked whether the food banks would be open to black and Asian people, he added: “Our food banks are there for our own people. Do you know how many charities there are for the English in Britain? Just one.

“There are thousands for immigrants so I think their own charities can look after them, there are mosques that can look after them, I'm sure Labour councils will look after them.”

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