Investment not cuts
Slashing public spending will only deepen the recession. Instead of the obsession with cuts we need to invest for growth. This will allow Government income to rise and will cut unemployment. That is the best way to reduce the national debt.
Troops out of Afghanistan
Too many lives have been lost. Escalating the conflict will only make things worse. We need to find a peaceful solution.
New Green Deal
Invest in Green technology to save our planet. the UK could create up to 400,000 jobs in new green industries, instead of wasting tens of billions of pounds on ID cards and Trident nuclear weapons.
One Society, Many Cultures
Everyone is equal no matter their race, religion or lifestyle. We are differet, but we are one society. We should not be divided by racism and intolerance.
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Councillor Salma Yaqoob is backing the national ‘March for Jobs’ taking place in Birmingham this Saturday, 16 May. She is calling for a big turnout to send a strong message to the government that protecting jobs must come first.
Councillor Yaqoob said:
“There is hardly a family in the country which has not been affected by the recession. With unemployment now over 2.2 million, every day brings new job losses, and people across Birmingham are worried for their future. Huge sums of money have been used to bail out the banks. We need to see the same commitment to keeping people in jobs, and investing in vital industries to see them through this crisis.
“The government has its priorities wrong; with billions earmarked for wasteful and unnecessary projects like ID cards and the renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system. It is time to send a strong message to the government that protecting jobs must be its first priority. That is the right way to protect individuals and families, but also to boost the economy at a time of economic crisis.”
The demonstration, organised by the Unite union, will assemble at 11am on Saturday 16 May at Highfield Road, Edgbaston (corner of Hagley Road), and march to Centenary Square for a rally.
More on Unite’s official website here.
Campaigning for candidate Salma Iqbal
The Salma Iqbal campaign team has been in full gear this weekend with volunteers canvassing for the Springfield Respect candidate.
With the local elections looming on the 1st of May, campaigners and friends have been rallying support amongst local residents in Sparkhill and surrounding areas.
A new newsletter outlining Respect’s commitment to safer streets and communities in the city has been distributed, highlighting Salma Iqbal’s aims to improve car parking in local neighbourhoods, encourage cleaner streets, campaign for better youth provision and reinforcing her opposition to the ‘Red Route’ in the area.
“Campaigning is a vital part of the election process. Local residents need to know what we stand for and how we hope to represent them before they vote in May. I didn’t see many other parties braving the weather and meeting the residents of Springfield as we did today, and that’s because I believe we have a commitment to raise their concerns and make their voice heard by the council,” explained Salma.
“I hope they will choose to elect me as their representative so we can finally make a positive difference in the community.”
Campaigning for Respect candidate Salma Iqbal
Father and son team Mark and Jordan France traveled all the way from Stourbridge to assist with the effort. Young Jordan, aged 12, said:
“Campaigning was great as we met loads of nice people and we got a very good response.”
“In the streets canvassed we got positive responses from the overwhelming majority of people despite the appalling weather,” added father Mark.
South Birmingham Respect Celebrates International Women’s Day
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Images: Birmingham Respect
200 women came together on the evening of Friday 7th March as part of Respect’s celebration of International Women’s Day 2008.
The Women’s Gala mixed politics with eating, drinking, dancing, henna art, raffles, jewellery and fashion stalls. This gave us the opportunity to reach out to and engage with a whole new layer of people not familiar with our politics or who may otherwise not attend the usual political rally or public meeting.
A good time was had by all with many asking when the next event was taking place, and in the process we raised much needed funds for our forthcoming election campaign.
Report and images: Respect website