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Comment: Hypocrisy and the freedom of speech

By Maryam Ansar The recent attack on a French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, which resulted in the death of eleven individuals, including one Muslim policeman, has been succeeded by countless debates on freedom of speech and its limitations. The magazine in question, drew cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in order to be amusing it seems, seeing as that is the entire point of their publications. That in itself is a huge mistake; making a mockery out of religion, let alone making a mockery out of Islam and the Prophet…

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David Cameron: He came, he saw, he did nothing

In the 2010 UK general elections, the Conservative Party won 306 seats in the House of Commons. This number was insufficient to form a government alone. They needed someone to join them and the only choice was the Liberal Democrats. So a deal had to be struck and it took David Cameron five days to strike a deal with Nick Clegg who agreed to prop up the former in forming a coalition government. Both the parties had their election manifestos that in many points were contradictory to each other. In…

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Peter Bashir “lied about his Respect past”

The UKIP MEP who jumped from Nigel Farage’s party to join the Conservative’s is revealed as a liar about his political past. Amjad Bashir denies that he has ever had anything to do with the Respect party but an application form he filled in and is still held by the party proves that isn’t the case. The new Conservative MEP gives his date of birth on the form as September 17, 1952. But he also claims on the form that in the 1970s and 1980s he was a Labour party…

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Bashir was de-selected by Respect

The UKIP European parliament member who has joined the Conservatives was a Respect council candidate in Bradford before he was de-selected over reputational issues. Amjad ‘Peter’ Bashir was selected as the Respect candidate in Bradford Moor for the May 2012 council elections. However,  after local residents raised serious concerns about his fitness to stand, he was de-selected by the party and then left Respect. Following this he joined UKIP, became and MEP, was then suspended, before yesterday casting his lot with the Conservatives. “Clearly Bashir does not have any real…

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Unemployment in Bradford East lowest since 2008

Unemployment in Bradford East has fallen again in December 2014 to 3,433 which represents a 40% cut since the high in February 2013 and is at its lowest level for over six years since December 2008. Bradford East MP, David Ward, has welcomed the release of December’s official unemployment statistics for his constituency, which shows that those claiming job seekers allowance has fallen by 43 people since November 2014 and tumbled 1,481 people in a year to 3,433. December’s figures represent a rate of 7.0% of the economically active population…

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UKIP Candidate condemns rally against freedom of speech

Approximately 400 people endured freezing conditions on Saturday evening at Bradford’s Centenery Square to protest against the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and its recent publication. Twelve people were killed in the shooting on January 7 by the extremist Kouachi brothers over the magazine’s depiction of Mohammed, which is considered blasphemous. A peaceful affair organised by Bradfordians from all faiths, backgrounds and political beliefs, the gathering featured speeches by Bradford West MP George Galloway and Deputy Council Leader Imran Hussain as well as other Bradfordians highlighting the contradictions of freedom of…

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Tower Hamlets council bosses join Bradford Challenge

The deputy mayor of Tower Hamlets and a senior colleague have joined the Bradford Challenge event to describe how the London Challenge transformed schools in their borough. Deputy Mayor of Tower Hamlets and Lead Member for Education, Oliur Rahman, and Councillor Mahbub Alam will give a first-hand account of the massive change in results that the London Challenge brought to their schools. Tower Hamlets has almost identical demographics to Bradford and had a similarly low level of attainment until the government-led initiative hugely boosted the standards of education in the…

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Baroness visits Bradford to highlight Lib Dem Childcare achievements with the promise of more

Bradford MP, David Ward was today joined by Baroness Kath Pinnock to highlight Liberal Democrat achievements in Government in supporting Bradford families with the cost of childcare with the promise of much more if they are part of the next Government. David Ward and Baroness Kath Pinnock of Cleckheaton visited the fantastic facilities at the Woodlands Nursery & Pre-School in Apperley Bridge, Bradford, to highlight the policies that the Liberal Democrats in Government have introduced to help Bradford families with the costs of childcare. They were also joined by Cllr…

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Big London launch for the Big Ride

  Date: Saturday, January 17, 1pm Location: Achilles Statue, Hyde Park, W1J One thousand cyclists will take part in an epic ride from Edinburgh to London in August to raise money to support a Gaza children’s charity. This Saturday (January 17) Palestine Solidarity Committee chair Ben Soffa will set the wheels spinning when he launches the project. A similar launch will also take place in Edinburgh. A peleton comprising cyclists wearing Big Ride teeshirts and flying Palestinian flags will then ride down to the parliament, where a motion commending the…

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David Ward urges support for National Voter Registration Day 2015 to get young Bradfordians registered and voting

Bradford MP, David Ward is urging the Government and MP’s from across the political spectrum to help promote National Voter Registration Day 2015 on February 5, in the hope to encourage more young people in Bradford and across the country to get registered and voting. David Ward has submitted an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons, in conjunction with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Voter Registration, calling on the Government and MP’s from all Political Parties to help promote and support National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) 2015 on…

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