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Salma Yaqoob defends British soldiers and innocent Afghan civilians against a war which has been irresponsibly and badly managed, left our troops with little protection, security and safety; and seems to have no end in sight.
Salma makes reference to Birmingham’s soldiers and their families, highlighting the concerns of wounded soldiers recovering at Selly Oak Hospital in her home city.
“I’m from Birmingham, we have Selly Oak Hospital there and I’m not surprised that more than half of the soldiers, when Gordon Brown visited in September, simply shut their curtains because they feel so let down and I think it’s an absolute disgrace that the Ministry of Defence is actually pursuing wounded soldiers in court to get back compensation; so the idea that you support them and value them is absolute nonsense.
“My issue though is why are we betraying the professionalism, bravery and commitment of our troops by sending them on an ill-conceived and doomed mission in the first place.”
BBC Question Time, the BBC’s premier political debate programme, was
broadcast from Wootton Bassett. The market town in Wiltshire has come into national focus for honouring those who have given their lives in the service of their country.
The panel included the former head of the British Army General Sir Richard Dannatt, the Minister of State for the Armed Forces Bill Rammall MP, the shadow foreign secretary William Hague MP, the former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown, the former newspaper editor Piers Morgan and the Respect Party’s Salma Yaqoob.
Date: Thursday 10th December 2009
Venue: Wootton Bassett School, Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire
‘Question Time’s bias on Afghanistan‘ – New Statesman, 11.12.09
Birmingham city councillor Salma Yaqoob, joined by Adrian Goldberg, Khalid Mahmood MP, John Hemming MP, Cllr Judy Foster, Chief Insp Adrian Atherley and Apache Indian, calls on the West Midlands Police to ban a march by far-right groups planned for September; following the violence erupted amidst an EDL – Casuals United demonstration on 8th August in the city.
Date: Sunday 23rd August 2009
Venue: Birmingham Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1.
City councillor for Birmingham Sparkbrook – Salma Yaqoob – appears on Brit Asia TV’s flagship socio-political community programme Broken Silence, presented by Sanyya Gardez. This week’s show addresses ‘Drugs and Gangs’.
Date: Tuesday 30th June 2009 | 9.00pm
Channel: Brit Asia TV, Sky channel 833 (UK)
Footage copyright and courtesy of Brit Asia TV Ltd.
West Midlands Respect activist Mark Anthony France and local pub landlord Gianni D’Anaello speak to Sky News in Bromsgrove about the MP’s expenses scandal, following the furore surrounding the expenses of their local Member of Parliament.
Worcestershire MP Julie Kirkbride is currently at the centre of a fresh expenses scandal which has reached right into the heart of the Conservative Party.
Ms Kirkbride had registered a property in her Bromsgrove constituency as her second home, allowing her to claim expenses on it, while her husband Andrew MacKay – the MP for Bracknell in Berkshire – had registered a property in London as his second home, allowing him to claim expenses on that one.
Mr MacKay quit as Mr Cameron’s policy adviser after it emerged the pair were both claiming for second homes despite sharing properties.
Mark France, a constituent who has independently been collecting signatures for Julie Kirkbride to resign, said:
“We got about 150 signatures in just three quarters of an hour and we’ve now set up a little group and we aim to collect 10,000 signatures in the next 10 days. We’ll present them to Rita Dent, Julie Kirkbride’s constituent secretary, on June 1st and we’re saying that Julie Kirkbride should resign. “
When pressed by the reporter over whether he was using the recent events as an opportunity to promote the Respect party, Mark made it clear her was working independently of any party by responding:
“No, I’m a local lad who believes in justice, truth, decency and honesty. We have 1,200 people made redundant in the Bromsgrove area just in the past 3 months. There’s a lot of hardship, there’s a lot of people who are fidning that everything they’ve worked for is just collapsing around them and there’s a lot of anger and this is the last straw.”
The above interview was broadcast on Sky News on 16th May 2009.
City councillor for Birmingham Sparkbrook Salma Yaqoob attends the national March for Jobs – organised by Unite and held in Birmingham – and explains the importance of supporting the call for British jobs to be saved in the midst of a recession.
Date: Saturday 16th May 2009
Venue: March from Highfield Road (B15) to Centenary Square, Central Birmingham.
Prominent Birmingham Councillor and Leader of the RESPECT Party, Salma Yaqoob is calling for progressive West Midlands voters to go Green and vote for Felicity Norman at the European Elections on 4th June.
Salma Yaqoob, who is a Sparkbrook Councillor and Westminster Candidate for Birmingham Hall Green constituency is endorsing Felicity for her commitment to fight the BNP at the European election and for the Greens’ progressive policies on job creation in new industries.
Councillor Yaqoob said:
“With the country facing the deepest recession in generations, Labour and the Tories offer us nothing but rising unemployment and cuts in services. Those of us who want a new politics based on social justice need to work together. The candidate closest to my own views on the environment, anti-racism and foreign affairs is Felicity Norman and I hope my supporters will back her on 4 June.”
At the last European election, the Greens secured 5.2% of the vote in the region. Respect got 2.4% of the votes. When combined, the 7.6% vote share is just greater than the BNP’s 7.5%. Only around 10% of the vote is needed to gain a seat at the European election next month and with the Greens, RESPECT and the BNP all having grown in the past five years, it is a tight race to the finish line on 4th June.
The Green Party is running its strongest ever campaign to elect a Euro-MP in the region to join the two other UK Green Party MEPs already elected.
Salma Yaqoob commented:
“The racist British National Party is hoping to make a breakthrough in these elections. Under the system of proportional representation it is essential that everyone who opposes the BNP uses their vote. The higher the turnout, the lower the chance of the BNP being elected. Whatever you do please use your vote against the BNP. But if you care about peace, justice, equality, anti-racism and the environment, vote Green in the European elections”.
Felicity Norman, the top Green Party Euro-MP candidate said:
“A Green vote at these elections says yes to positive politics and no to racism and it says yes to investing in jobs-rich industries to tackle recession and climate change.
“The Green Party is running a serious campaign to fight the BNP. In this proportional voting system, it’s normally a small party that takes the final seat, which could mean the BNP or the Greens. We know that if a Green is elected, there is no room for the BNP. The battle for fourth place at the European election is more important than ever and with Salma’s endorsement, our combined support ensures we’re in the game”.
Salma’s endorsement of Felicity is the second boost for the Greens in a week after news that Green Party candidate numbers for the County Council elections this year are treble the figure of the last County elections in 2005.
Respect leader Salma Yaqoob condemns plans to deport 11 Pakistani men innocent of alleged involvement in a terror plot:
“Everybody in the Muslim community understands that the police have to act if they suspect a terrorist threat. We also understand that innocent people might occasionally be arrested and subsequently released. That is the nature of policing.
But these recent arrests are indicative of a worrying pattern developing.
Firstly, far too many of the most high profile raids and arrests lead to no charges at all. The release of these 11 Pakistani men and one Briton without charge follows February’s high-profile arrests and detentions and release without charge in the north-west of nine men on unspecified overseas intelligence linked to a supposed terrorist activities outside Britain. Some of those arrested were in act from a convoy taking medicines, computers, toys and such to Gaza – all were innocent. And in the past we have also had lurid allegations about terrorist plots to blow up Old Trafford football stadium, the so-called ‘ricin’ plot and the police raids and shooting in Forest Gate East London of a supposed ‘bomb factory’– all claims later shown to be unfounded.
Secondly, there is a real danger that manner in which these raids are dealt with by the politicians is both prejudicial to any notion of a fair trail and also damaging to community relations.
When the government starts talking about ‘a very big terrorist plot’ before any case goes to court they show contempt for fair legal process and undermine the principle of ‘innocent until proven guilty’.
When policing is conducting is such a high profile way in the media in advance of any trial it creates sensationalist headlines. This climate of fear damages relations between the Muslim communities and other communities and undermines trust between Muslim communities and the Police.
The trend of trial by politicians and media has to be reversed. This means politicians and police officers refraining from premature briefings before cases have come to court where actual evidence can be evaluated. Such restraint in one stroke would not only restore the principle of innocent until proven guilty, but would help restore confidence in the government and police.
These 11 men should now be allowed to rebuild their lives. Given that they have been released without charge it is a further smear on their characters and extension of their horrendous ordeal that they are facing deportation with more unsubstantiated claims hanging over them”.
Wednesday 8th April 2009 : Cllr Salma Yaqoob attends the Birmingham City Council Planning Committee Meeting on the Edgbaston cricket ground decision.
Cllr Yaqoob argues her case for why extensive changes to the ground should not be made at the expense of local residents whose quality of living would deteriorate as a result.