Whilst I am naturally disappointed with the result, I respect the choiceBradford West has made. Nationally, Jeremy Corbyn has achieved a significant victory with people voting in droves for the Labour leader. I welcome that. This country needs a change. It is heartbreaking that under a Tory government 30,000 children in Bradford live below the poverty line and hard working families are forced to go through the indignity of relying on food-banks for basic meals. All this in the name of austerity - when in fact the richest in this country have grown richer, and the poorest have gotten poorer.
There is a beautiful community spirit in Bradford which is insufficiently acknowledged and supported. I am proud that through our campaign we galvanised Bradford West - people stood up, challenged the status quo and fought for positive change. We asked hard questions and I truly believe the people of Bradford West are better for it. We have raised the levels of accountability and transparency, and demanded positive change. This will continue.
MP Naz Shah has a remarkable opportunity now to listen to her constituency and serve them all, whether they supported her or not.
I am proud of all the people I have met throughout this campaign - you greeted me with a smile, showered me with your love and showed me your unwavering support.
I would like to thank each and everything one of you, and every single member of my team and every volunteer who helped during my campaign. You have all been amazing!
Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Thursday, 8 June 2017
Tuesday, 6 June 2017
I have noted the distasteful accusations being made on social media about me and honour killings, and slurs related to anti-semitism. This is in addition to threats by Naz Shah's supporters directed at my family, my supporters and me since the start of my positive campaign. A supporter who had my poster in their window has had their window smashed. Tyres have been slashed on a car which carried my poster. Banners and posts are removed during the night, and supporters who have them up are being intimidated. These incidents are in the process of being reported to the relevant authorities.
Whilst I should have expected the spreading of false rumours from some of Naz Shah’s supporters, I would not expect support for this by people in public positions.
I have consciously chosen to remain silent, in the hope that we could focus on issues that matter, which is the people of Bradford West. I have maintained my stance – the people of Bradford West have been neglected, their rights forgotten, their hopes shattered. The time for positive change is now.
Sunday, 4 June 2017
As we were returning to some sense of normality following the brutal Manchester attack, we the people of Britain have been hit by the atrocities at London Bridge and the Borough Market. I am outraged, appalled and disgusted. During the blessed month of Ramadan, a bunch of cowards have again inflicted horror on our lives. This is not Islam. The Quran equates the taking of just one life with the killing of all of humanity. The sanctity of life is underlined in the Quran. We must guard all life, not just our own.
These coward terrorists respect neither life nor faith. They are indiscriminate in their killing. They care for no-one, not you or me.
They will never win. What will triumph is the spirit of the Mancunians and Londoners. Following the London attacks, we again witnessed the strength of solidarity between people of all faiths and none. A Muslim taxi driver rushed to the scene to take people home whilst he cried with his passengers. Muslim doctors treated the injured and Muslim police officers helped at the scene. Following the attacks, we witnessed many people remind everyone on social media about the reality of this situation - terrorists have no religion. At the time of the attacks, Muslims were breaking their fast and getting ready for their night prayers.
Our shared humanity must not be forgotten. We are one.
We stand united, undeterred by the terror and violence. We must not let such actions bring us to a standstill or turn on one another. That is what the terrorists want and we must never let them achieve this.
My prayers and thoughts are with all the victims and their loved ones.
"I will be at City Park, Bradford City Centre today (Sunday) at 6pm to hold a vigil in memory of the lives lost last night in London.
Come and join me to show solidarity and respect for the victims of the attacks in London."