More than 40 candidates, including 13 women, of Pakistani origin, are set to contest the British elections set to be held today.
13 candidates of Pakistani origin will be contesting from the platform of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party, while Eleven would be representing the Liberal Democrats, six from the Conservative party and one from the Scottish National Party; Three for the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) and one for the Green Party.
Most of the Pakistani-origin candidates are contesting from various constituencies within London.
Labour Party Candidates:
Naseem Shah(Naz Shah) defeated former leader George Galloway two years ago and secured a majority of over 11,000. She raised the issue of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder’s money-laundering inquiry and asked questions from the Scotland Yard chief and the Home Secretary about the murder investigation of Dr Imran Farooq.
Others are Khalid Mahmood, Shahbana Mehmood ,Yasmin Qureshi, Rosena Allen-Khan,Afzal Khan,
The first Muslim mayor of Warrington Cllr, Faisal Rasheed,Mohammad Yasin,
Bilal Mehmood . Shabbir Aslam, ex-mayor of Brounstone Town,Imranuddin
Councillor Rafiq Raja and Imran Hussain representing Labour party.
Conservative Party Candidates:
The Conservative Party has given tickets to six candidates of British Pakistani descent including Sajid Javed, Rehman Chishti, Ahmereen Raza, Mohammad Afzal , Kashif Ali and Natasha Asghar,
Liberal Democrats Candidates:
Liberal Democrats have selected 11 candidates of Pakistani origin to represent them in the elections but only one candidate, Amna Ahmed, stands a good chance of winning.
Others candidates are, Ednan Hussain from Dewsbury, Tahir Mehar, from Milton Keynes, Humaira Sanders from Ealing North, Irfan Ahmed, a young activist from Blackburn, Farid Ahmed, Zulfiqar Ali from Huddersfield, Zafar Haq from Harborough, The first Pakistani female aeronautical engineer, Hina Malik from Felthem and Huston, Aisha Mir,from Edinburgh South East and Councillor Shaffaq Mohammed.
Scottish National Party Candidates:
Tasmeena Ahmed Sheikh, who was the Member of Parliament in 2015, will be defending Perth and Ochal constituency on the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) ticket.
United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) candidates:
Muhammed Gultasab Khan is United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) candidate for Birmingham Hodge,
Mohammed Ali Bhatti, from London cities and Westminster.
And Tariq Saeed, the UKIP candidate for Ilford South.
Mohammed Ali Bhatti, contesting from London cities and Westminster
Tariq Saeed, the UKIP candidate for Ilford South.
Green Party Candidate:
Gulnar Hasnain, Green Party’s candidate for Vauxhall, will be contesting for the first time in the general elections. She is an active social worker and a campaigner for more cycle routes in London.
Friends Party Candidates:
The Friends Party was registered with the Electoral Commission on 17th of February 2017 and it has three candidates for elections.
Kane Khan, from East London, is the party leader. He is of Pakistani origin and contesting elections from Ilford South.
Afzal Chaudhry, an author, will participate as a parliamentary candidate from East Ham and has been campaigning to the get votes of ethnic minorities.
Coraline Aisha Corlis-Khan will contest from Hackney North and Stoke Newington.
Salma Yaqub, who was once active in the anti-war movement and founded the Respect Party with George Galloway, is standing as an independent candidate in Bradford West against Labour’s Naz Shah.
Tariq Mahmood, another independent candidate, contested for the first time from Grantham and Stamford constituency.
Abid Ali, an economist, has stepped up to the plate in the hope of representing Luton South. With a background in IT, economics and computing, this is the first time Ali will be contesting the general elections.
Nadeem Ahmed, an independent candidate from Newport East, who is a strong advocate of young people in the Parliament, will be contesting for the first time.
Wajid Ali, contesting as an independent from Wakefield, is vying to enter the Parliament for the first time with a ‘vision of change’.
An estimated three million Muslims live in Britain, and in many constituencies who they vote for can help shape the country’s future. The elections will see more than 3,000 candidates fight for 650 seats in the British parliament.