Posts Tagged ‘campaigning’

Salma Yaqoob in the community

Here’s a selection of events and causes Birmingham councillor Salma Yaqoob has been highlighting and supporting this past week:

Larches Park Clean Up

Salma Yaqoob with Larches Park Residents Group chair Asghar Ali and local PCSOs Natasha Bruckshaw and Meryl Crawford

Larches Park in Sparkbrook

Both Cllr Salma Yaqoob and Cllr Mohammed Ishtiaq (Respect) have been working closely with Larches Park Residents Group recently to help them improve their local neighbourhood and regain confidence in the use of their local park. Larches Park has been one of the areas that was left neglected for many years and had got pretty run down. Parents didn’t feel comfortable bringing their kids there until now. More here.

Bangladesh Independence Day

Bangladesh Independence Day celebrations in Birmingham (UK) with Salma Yaqoob

Bangladesh Ind. Day

Birmingham’s Bangladeshi community invited Cllr Salma Yaqoob to the Bia Lounge in Small Heath to celebrate Bangladesh Independence Day.

The event also marked International Mother Language Day in celebration of Bangla being the country’s national tongue. More here.

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Salma Yaqoob with parents of children with autism

Salma meets carers

Rewarding Parents

Salma was invited to present certificates to carers of family members of who disabilities. They had completed a seven week course organised by South Birmingham PCT in which they learnt more about understanding and coping with autism. More here.

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Campaigners from Bristol visit Birmingham

Respect Leader Salma Yaqoob with members of Bristol Respect

Bristol Respect team

Members of Bristol Respect and other supporters came to Birmingham to help Salma Yaqoob on her election trail to help her become MP for the Hall Green constituency.

They joined her with leafleting and met with members of the community. More here.

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Desi Donors Amun Ali Appeal

Salma Yaqoob with Ashgar Khan, father of Amun Ali, and Reena Combo of Desi Donors

Desi Donors

Desi Donors have been set up to encourage individuals of south Asian origin to join the national Bone Marrow register to help those in need of a transplant. Working with the Anthony Nolan Trust, Desi Donors have been actively campaigning to save the life of young local school boy Amun Ali. Salma joined the drive in Small Heath, Birmingham and registered herself with over a hundred other volunteers. More here.

Fundraising dinner in aid of orphanages in Pakistan

Salma was the guest speaker at a fundraising dinner in the

Salma Yaqoob at a Pakistani Orphanages Fundraiser in Birmingham

Fundraising for orphans

Crystal Plaza for orphanages in Pakistan. About 600 people were present. Jannat al Ferdous, founded by Shamim Mahmood and family friends, have set up four orphanages in the last five years, helping over 800 Pakistani children. More here.

For more on Salma Yaqoob’s campaigning and council work, visit her website: www.salmayaqoob.com

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Campaigning for Salma Iqbal

Salma Iqbal canvassing

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.”

Salma Iqbal canvassing

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.