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Councillor Salma Yaqoob accuses Tories of ‘outrageous deception’

The controversial and offensive Conservative election leaflet for the Lozells East and Handsworth by-election suggests Salma Yaqoob supports their candidate Raja Khan. A 'disgusted' Salma accused the party of deception and 'misleading voters' and is planning legal action.

The controversial and offensive Conservative election leaflet for the Lozells East and Handsworth by-election suggests Salma Yaqoob supports their candidate Raja Khan. A 'disgusted' Salma accused the party of deception and is planning legal action.

Respect Councillor Salma Yaqoob has blasted the Conservative party for using her photograph on election material, without permission, to imply support for their candidate in the forthcoming Lozells East and Handsworth by-election.

Cllr Yaqoob said: “I am outraged and disgusted that the Tory candidate in Lozells East and Handsworth [Raja Khan] has produced an election leaflet using my photo and implying that I am supporting him.

“Nothing could be further from the truth. Mr Khan approached me for a photo on the recent trade union defend jobs demo in Birmingham. I agreed on the explicit condition that it not be used in any way for party political purposes.

“The use of my image on Tory publicity is a deliberate attempt to mislead the voters of Lozells East and Handsworth. It is a disgraceful abuse of the political process and flies in the face of David Cameron’s calls to ‘clean-up’ politics.

“The public are sick and tired of deceitful politicians. Now that they have been exposed I hope the voters Lozells East and Handsworth punish the Conservatives for their willful deception.

“In the meantime, I am seeking legal advice on what recourse I have against them’.

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Salma demands Red Route apology

Red Route Birmingham

Birmingham Respect is working hard to oppose the imposition of a ‘Red Route’ traffic restrictions along the Stratford Road.

An independent study by academics at Birmingham City University on the impact of the Route estimated that it could cost up to 200 jobs and take £2million out of a deprived area. Over 3,000 local people have signed a petition against the Red Route.

Following a special council hearing into the scheme Councillor Salma Yaqoob is demanding an apology from the city’s Transport boss Len Gregory after he accused her of deceiving colleagues over the controversial Red Route scheme. All the evidence suggests that Gregory is the one whose stories don’t stack up.

Read the full story in ‘The Stirrer’ here.

Image: Birmingham Respect