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Bradford West Labour parliamentary candidate Naz Shah has welcomed Mohammad Shabbir’s decision to join the Labour Party.

The ex-Respect councillor has announced that he is joining the Labour Group on Bradford Council with immediate effect.

Naz Shah said:

“I want to welcome Mohmmamad Shabbir to the Labour Party, and thank him for his endorsement of me as a candidate for Bradford West in this general election.

“Mohammad is a man I know well – he will be a great asset to the Labour Party.

“His defection shows that those who put their faith in George Galloway in 2012 and have been so badly let down by him since, now want to do all they can to ensure Bradford West gets a Labour MP bringing real change to our community, and a majority Labour council delivering for Bradford.”

Naz Shah welcomes defection from ex-Respect councillor

Bradford West Labour parliamentary candidate Naz Shah has welcomed Mohammad Shabbir’s decision to join the Labour Party. The ex-Respect councillor has announced that he is joining the Labour Group on...

Over the weekend the Yorkshire and the Humber Labour Party held our last annual Conference before the General Election, which was held at Leeds Beckett University's excellent Rose Bowl facilities.

Regional Conference saw over 250 Labour Party members, delegates, MPs, MEPs and Councillors attend a series of events alongside 8 members of the Shadow Cabinet and representatives of the trade union movement. 

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Conference began with a speech by the Leader of Labour Party and MP for Doncaster North the Rt. Hon. Ed Miliband MP.

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Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for International Development and MP for Wakefield, Mary Creagh led a discussion on Labour's Approach to International Development.

Mary was joined by Linda McAvan MEP for Yorkshire and Humber and Chair of the European Parliament International Development Committee and Jane East Labour's PPC for Colne Valley, who has had a career dedicated to international development, having held senior roles in both Amnsety International and Christian Aid.

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The Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and MP for Morley and Outwood, Rt. Hon. Ed Balls MP, was joined by Nigel Foster President of Leeds Chamber of Commerce and the prominent Leeds-based entrepreneur and campaigner Anj Handa, for a discussion around Labour's Better Plan for Britain's Prosperity. 

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Michael Dugher MP. Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Transport spoke to delegates about Labour's plans to improve the region's roads, rail and buses.

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Staying with the economy, Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey delivered his quarterly Jobs and Opportunities Bulletin to conference. 

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Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and MP for Leeds Central Hillary Benn MP, was joined by Cllr Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council and the Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones. to discuss Labour's plans for local Government and devolution.

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At the end of a long but stimulating day conference was concluded by Rt. Hon. Rosie Winterton, Labour Party Chief Whip and MP for Doncaster Central. 

Regional Conference 2015

Over the weekend the Yorkshire and the Humber Labour Party held our last annual Conference before the General Election, which was held at Leeds Beckett University's excellent Rose Bowl facilities....

Bradford born and bred mother of three, Naz Shah, has been selected as Labour’s candidate for Bradford West.

Naz has championed women’s rights across the country achieving national recognition for her work.

She is the chair of mental health charity Sharing Voices Bradford, but is perhaps better known locally as the campaigning daughter of Zoora Shah, who was jailed in 1993 for poisoning her partner Mohammed Azam after years of suffering domestic violence, and later released early.

She was born in Bradford West and went to school at Green Lane nursery through to Waverley Middle school until the age of 12 when she was sent to live with her grandparents in Pakistan for three years.

When she returned aged 15 she was subjected to a forced marriage and was not allowed to return to school, instead starting work in an industrial dry cleaners then packing crisps at Seabrooks factory.

She later became a carer for children and adults with disabilities and worked her way up to become an NHS Commissioner and subsequently a Director of a Regional Leadership Programme for Local Government Yorkshire & Humber.

She served as a Samaritan for a number of years and has sat on the boards of a number of charities and campaigning groups.

 

 

Speaking after being chosen as Bradford West candidate, Naz 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.

“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. My life, since as far back as I can possibly remember, has been about having responsibility. From the age of 6 I became an “interpreter‟ for my mother as my father had left her with two young children and expecting a third child.

 “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.

 “People here want real change, and they want someone who will genuinely fight their corner – I can be that person. I will not ever make promises I can’t keep, and I will absolutely always put Bradford West people first – as your MP I would work full time for you, and only for you.”

Women's rights campaigner Naz Shah selected as Labour candidate for Bradford West - Yorkshire and the Humber Labour

Bradford born and bred mother of three, Naz Shah, has been selected as Labour’s candidate for Bradford West. Naz has championed women’s rights across the country achieving national recognition for...

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