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Bradford needs urgent measures to deal with its education failures, George Galloway said today, “Which is why I am launching the Bradford Challenge later this month”.

untitledThe Bradford West MP is holding a public meeting later this month where education experts will put forward proposals to improve Bradford’s schools. Children’s services boss Councillor Ralph Berry has also  been invited.

The city has some of the worst school results in the country – seventh bottom out of 150 local authorities for secondary schools, according to the latest Ofsted report, while more than half of secondary students and a quarter of primary pupils in the district are studying at schools judged to be not good enough. “This is an abysmal result for parents and pupils and it’s simply intolerable. It’s the same year after year. We keep bumping along the bottom educationally,” the MP continued, “and what we need is a radical improvement. And now. We keep getting reassuring words and promises from the council and education officials but these are empty ones. Families in this city want results, not platitudes.”

imagesE2G4CVEOGalloway has set up a public meeting called The Bradford Challenge: make our schools better which will take place in the Prince’s ballroom of the Midland Hotel at 7pm on Friday 30 January. As well as an educationalist who was involved in the London Challenge, which transformed the capital’s schools, the head of children’s service Councillor Ralph Berry has been invited, as have other education and community specialists and organisations.

“I keep hearing the argument that it’s bad in Bradford because the demographics are difficult, that for many kids English is a second language,” Galloway went on. “But Tower Hamlets in East London has the same demographics as here and its schools are now among the very best, largely because of the London Challenge. That can happen here if we can bring the expertise and resources to bear and deal with the vested interests who have been content to preside over failure.”

The meeting will be open to the public. “I’m sure that concerned parents, governors, teachers and specialists will want to come along to express their concerns, hopes and ideas,” the MP said. “It’s open to all. This won’t be just a talking shop, I’m determined it will be transformational.”

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NazirBy Mohammad Nazir Tabassum

As time keeps changing, so do the popularity of politicians and political parties. Change is an undeniable fact. That is why it is said that nothing is immutable in this world. Everything is subject to change. The important aspect of it is that one must re-orientate one’s future action plans according to the changed circumstances.

The UK Independence Party (UKIP) that stands for keeping UK away from the European Union, immigration related issues and non-intervention in Syria, gained its first elected MP with Douglas Carswell in the by-election of Clacton on October 9, 2014. The significance of this election is that Mr Carswell was a member of the Conservative Party elected twice to the House of Commons, first in 2005 and then in 2010. He intended to force a referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon that created EU and EC over the need to resolve an oversight of apportionment in the European Parliament by re-ratifying the Treaty. But, disillusioned thoroughly, he defected from the Conservative Party on 28 August 2014. He resigned his seat and stood again in the by-election and returned successfully as the first UKIP MP. Today there are a host of other backbencher Tories who are UKIP sympathisers and are pushing PM David Cameron to accept UKIP’s stances on issues relating to Europe, immigration and non-intervention in Syria.

Nigel Farage, the leader of UKip, commenting on Mr Carswell’s election said: “He had shaken up British politics.”

127256860_Farage_410438bPaul Sykes, a Yorkshire businessman, with a fortune of £650 million, the 26th wealthiest person in Britain, has been handed over the job of overseeing the election campaign of next May. He is also a former Conservative who split up with the party in 1991 following a disagreement over EU membership. He remained an admirer of Baroness Margaret Thatcher calling her “the best socialist I have ever seen.” Anybody can guess his concept of socialism with such a remark about the lady who took away almost everything that the British working class got after years of struggle for the rights.

Mr Sykes contributed more than £1 million to UKIP for campaigns during last spring which helped the party win 12 seats in the European Parliament. One can well imagine these Euro sceptics and their scepticism.

UKIP is causing a political embarrassment, not only to the Conservatives, but to Labour as well. Last week the Daily Telegraph published a 35-page document, leaked to the paper, setting out Labour’s approach to UKIP. This document depicted internal strategy in which party campaigners were urged to combat the electoral threat from UKIP by talking about the pressures immigration placed on services such as health and housing. Ed Miliband, the Labour Leader confirmed he had not seen the document before it was sent to MP’s and claimed he did not know where it had come from.

Contrary to all this, UKIP is facing its own peculiar odds at a time when the 2015 polls are less than five months away. UKIP’s leader Nigel Farage’s personal ratings have crashed to a record low in the first leader poll since UKIP was rocked by a sex scandal and dirty tricks row. Pollsters Ipsos MORI found that the net satisfaction with Farage’s performance as leader has dived 14 points since November to minus 20. It is the first sign that the voters are distancing themselves from the UKIP’s leadership because of the infighting and vicious wars in its top leadership. The public that scored Farage higher than the mainstream parties earlier are currently dissatisfied with him as much as they are with David Cameron, the Prime Minister.

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