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‘Parliament needs to hold an immediate inquiry into Kashmir’ says Imran Hussain MP

Addressing the first meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir, Imran Hussain, the newly elected Vice-Chair of the Group called for Parliament to hold an immediate inquiry into human rights abuses in Kashmir. Drawing the Group’s attention to the Indian Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act which has been used by the military to abuse civilians in Kashmir, Mr Hussain pointed out that the Act had been declared in violation of human rights treaties by several United Nations bodies, and urged the UK Government to work with the Indian…

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Taking the heat out of summer

Bradford’s Public Health team is reminding people to take care in the sun as the weather heats up. The elderly, those with chronic illnesses, young children and babies can be at risk of being affected by the hot temperatures, so it is important to make sure that they are well protected by staying in the shade, using sun cream and drinking plenty of fluids. In the current temperatures, it can become uncomfortable indoors too. Try to keep your bedroom and living space cool, by closing the curtains on windows that…

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British Values, Shared Values or Human Values? – Naz Shah

When I won the election only weeks ago, nothing could have prepared me for speaking to two dads whose children have been abducted by their own wives. So what do we know about and why? Truth be told we don’t. Like most people in this country, I am shocked that mothers younger than me with children as young as mine and some who live in my constituency, have gone to Syria – a war zone. What I do know is that both Imran Hussain, Member of Parliament for Bradford East,…

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“We are a multicultural society full of hard-working, honest and caring people”

There has been a lot in the national news recently about West Yorkshire and unfortunately most of it has been focused on the negative. Both Bradford and Dewsbury have hit the headlines for the wrong reasons and it is now more important than ever to stay together and stand strong. Bradford has seen its fair share of problems in the past – most notably the 2001 riots. At that time the people who live and work there joined together and found a way forward. This time the headlines are about…

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George Takes the Fight to Treasure Island

London Mayoral candidate George Galloway is taking his hard-hitting campaign to the heart of the City of London’s ‘square mile’, or ‘Treasure Island’ as he dubs it, with a rally next week. The event takes place at 6pm on Wednesday July 1st at the Railway Tavern in Liverpool Street, where George will be joined by Max Keiser, the host of RT’s massively popular ‘Keiser Report’, to outline his vision for London’s future. The former Bradford West MP commented: “I will focus on the gross inequalities and shady dealings that have long…

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Catch Glastonbury acts at Bingley Music Live

Bradford – If you could not make it to Glastonbury last week, there is still chance to catch many of the acts at Bingley Music Live. Headline acts Super Furry Animals, Idlewild and Rae Morris all took to the stage at last weekend’s Glastonbury Festival. But fans can catch these acts and many more for a fraction of the price at the Bradford Council-run festival on 4-6 September, closer to home, at Myrtle Park. Coun Imran Khan, Executive Member for Sport and Environment, said: “If people caught TV or radio…

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Aqua natal classes for mums-to-be!

Bradford – Mums-to-be are being invited to try an aqua natal class free of charge at their local swimming pool. Six Bradford council pools are running the classes which will involve 30 minutes of gentle exercise followed by 15 minutes gentle swim/relaxation. The classes will be run by fully qualified instructors. Studies show that women who exercise during pregnancy are likely to have a shorter labour, return to their pre-pregnancy weight quicker, strengthen their pelvic floor and are less likely to suffer from maternal diabetes. Coun Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s Executive…

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Stop smoking and prevention support programme delivered to Bradford families

Bradford Council is funding the delivery of a national programme to help young people from starting to smoke, and their parents or carers to quit. QUIT, the UK charity, is rolling out Smoke Free Family Life across ten secondary schools in the district and Bradford is one of the newest areas of the country to sign up to the scheme. A QUIT youth presenter will work in secondary school with pupils and make sure they take a support booklet home with them which will include details of support details of…

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Anyone for tennis on Millennium Square this summer?

Leeds – Tennis fans are in for a smashing time as Millennium Square serves up something special for Wimbledon this summer. For the first time ever, the square is hosting a dedicated free seating area where spectators can watch the drama unfold on the big screen thanks to a partnership between Leeds City Council and local ice cream firm Northern Bloc. Complete with deck chairs, artificial grass and picnic blankets, viewers can cheer on Andy Murray while enjoying the traditional strawberries and cream, ice cream and Pimms which will all…

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Urban Festival to be staged in City Park

Bradford’s popular public space, City Park will sing out to the sounds of urban music during a one day festival organised by Bradford Council. The Urban Festival, a high energy fusion of street culture features top British artists Danny Bond, Tom Zanetti and Kane Towny alongside Bradford’s TS7 and London singer-songwriter, Little Nikki. Visitors to the festival will listen to a broad range of contemporary urban music genres including ska, dub, soul, RnB and rock. The event also features jazz, electronic, acoustic, garage, house, rap and club music. People attending…

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