Friday, 6 April 2012

Bradford Respect - Local Election Candidates

Bolton & Undercliffe - Tazeem Sawaiz    
Tazeem is 44 years old - born and educated locally. She has worked for Bradford Council from 1987 to 2012 in various senior positions. From 2003 she has run BD34ALL, an extended school project, winning local and national awards. She has set up a football and kickboxing club which have over 400 local children attending.

Bowling & Barkerend - Mohammed Asif Khan
Asif is 48 years old – he has over 10 years experience as a senior Local Authority officer. He has been head of the Performing Arts unit for Calderdale Council from 1995 to 1998 and Kirklees Council from 1998 to 2003. He is currently working with DM Digital TV.

Bradford Moor - Faisal Khan
Faisal is 44 years old – He has a degree in mechanical engineering from Kings College London and a Masters in management from University of Bradford. He has served as a governor and Chair of governors in Carlton Bolling College. He has voluntarily trained school governors and is passionate about enabling parents and families to get involved in raising academic standards. Faisal currently works in project management. 

City - Ruqayyah Collector
Ruqayyah is 28 years old – she has studied broadcast journalism at Leeds University. She has been involved in student politics as a sabbatical officer at Leeds University Student Union for 2 years and has been active in campaigning against tuition fees. She will be a strong advocate for local residents including the sizeable student population.

Clayton & Fairweather Green - Dawud Islam
Dawud is 49 years old – he is employed as a Home Energy Consultant. He has served as a local councillor before and has been involved in politics and community work since the age of 16. He was the Green Party candidate in the Bradford West by-election and has since joined the Respect Party.

Great Horton - Salim Jelani
Salim Jelani is 51 years old – he was brought to the UK by his parents at the age of 6 months. He was educated locally and is married with three children. He is founder and MD of Medina Foods, employing over 50 people. He has been active in community projects including ‘INTERLINK’ which brings local people together from all communities in Great Horton. 

Heaton - Mohammad Shabbir
Mohammad is 51 years old – has been active in community development and youth work in Bradford since 1994 and has campaigned for improvement of health and social care services and disability rights across the city. Mohammad amongst other qualifications holds a postgraduate diploma in Management Studies. He is CEO of a charity called Sharing Voices, a community development mental health organisation

Little Horton - Alyas Karmani
Alyas is 43 years old – Educated to postgraduate level, he is currently a Director of STREET UK Ltd; a specialist project working with young people ‘at risk’ of violent offending. He is passionate about education and has been campaigning for raising academic achievement in local schools for over 10 years. 

Manningham - Ishtiaq Ahmed
Ishtiaq is 38 years old – he has 15 years under his belt in community development work in inner city areas. Currently working for a large third sector Mental Health Organisation tackling health inequalities, he is also a member of the Human Rights Equality Panel for the Bradford District Care Trust.

Thornton & Allerton - Pat Mulligan
Pat is 39 years old – he is married with 3 boys and is passionate about his local community. He is a member of the Thornton Medical Centre Participation Group and a parent governor at Thornton Primary School. He has been involved in the Labour movement from a very young age.

Toller - Ongoing Legal dispute with BMDC

Tong - Sarah Cartin
Sarah is 32 years old – she is married with two children. Sarah has a degree in politics and currently works for an Older People’s charity. She is an advocate for equal rights for women in Bradford and is active in ‘We Are Bradford’, an inclusive anti-racism initiative.

Wyke - James Clayton
James Clayton is 31 years old – he came to Bradford as a student 12 years ago and has made Bradford his home since. He is self employed in the IT industry and is a trustee of the charity Hope Housing. He has extensive experience in campaigning for social justice and political reform.