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The distinguished social justice campaigner Salma Yaqoob has announced her decision to stand as a parliamentary candidate for Bradford West – the current incumbent is Naz Shah (Labour). Salma Yaqoob is at present an independent candidate.

Born in Bradford but raised in Birmingham, Salma has proven to be a remarkable icon not only for Muslim women, but for Muslims and activists throughout the country since the late 1990s, even while raising a young family. She made her mark as a person who valued her Muslim identity,  ready to stand her ground on national TV appearances, and a bridge builder within British civil society.

With a total of 10,498 she came second with 27 percent of the vote in Birmingham’s Sparkbrook & Small Heath constituency in the May 2005 General Election. In May 2006 she was elected councillor for the Sparkbrook ward in Birmingham. Her campaigners in Bradford West are urging those eligible to vote to ensure their registration in good time.

Salma Yaqoob addressed numerous demonstrations and meetings all protesting against the War in Iraq and the Israeli occupation of Palestine. She has continued to fight for civil liberties in Britain and against all policies that target those freedoms and liberties, including the anti-terrorist law recently proposed. She is a strong advocate for the right of Muslim women to wear the Hijab. Her campaigning for the rights of the elderly and those most in need, has  won her widespread support.

 

 

She is author of ‘Global and local echoes of the anti-war movement: A British Muslim prespective‘, in International Socialism Journal (autumn 2003), ‘The ‘war on terror’ and racism, asylum and immigration’, in Arguments against G8 (eds Gill Hubbard and David Miller, Pluto press 2005) and British Muslim radicalism post 9/11 in Islamic Political Radicalism: A European Comparative (ed Tahir Abbas, Edinburgh University Press, 2006).

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