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UK: Tooting by-election candidates named

10th Jun 2016
UK: Tooting by-election candidates named

By Nadine Osman

London, (The Muslim News): Local doctor Rosena Allin-Khan has been selected by Labour members in Tooting as the party’s candidate for the upcoming by-election on June 16.

Sadiq Khan who stood down as the MP after being elected as Mayor of London, said that she “has the values, vision and experience to be a brilliant champion for Tooting.”

Dr Allin-Khan was born and raised in Tooting, and works as an A&E specialist in the local St George’s Hospital. She has also used her experience to work as international humanitarian aid worker.

Accepting the candidacy, she said: “I love Tooting. I was born and raised here, and there’s no place I would rather raise my children. This community gave my family everything, including a secure home to raise our family.

“It’s an honour to be selected as Labour’s candidate – continuing Sadiq Khan’s work standing up for everyone living across Balham, Earlsfield, Furzedown and Tooting.

“As an A&E specialist doctor at St George’s Hospital and as a mother of two young daughters, I know first-hand how important public services are to local families.

“With local health services under threat and the Tories pushing ahead with plans to take millions of pounds from our local school budgets, my priority will be to ensure our community gets the excellent local services families need and deserve.

“I will also use all my energy to tackle the Tory housing crisis that is pricing out local people from our area.

Tooting is a great place to live but too many people are working for long hours every day and still can’t afford to put money aside to save for a deposit. We need to make sure Tooting remains affordable for everyone who lives here.”

The newly elected London Mayor praised Allin-Khan saying: “Rosena has lived in the area all her life and has always been committed to helping and standing up for local people – whether working as an A&E doctor at St George’s or campaigning as a councillor on issues like protecting childcare services.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Rosena over the coming weeks to tackle the Tory housing crisis, protect key local services and secure the transport links people in Tooting rely upon every day. Rosena has the values, vision and experience to be a brilliant champion for Tooting.”

Allin-Khan is not the only Muslim doctor standing for tooting. She is joined by Dr Zia Samadani, a doctor who does not support the recent junior doctor strikes.

Samadani is standing as an independent candidate and said she was also inspired by Sadiq Khan, although she is a former member of the Conservative Party.

Dr Samadani, 57, said: “He worked from the grassroots and then I came up which makes me think that I can do the same.”

“I was in the Conservatives for seven years, but I quit because they did not hold their promises.”

In her day job, Dr Samadani, who lives in Sutton, works as a regional advisor on drugs and medicines, but at the weekend she hosts a television show on Pakistani politics and another on education and lifestyle.

She said: “Party politics means the candidates from the party is bound to the party and they cannot go out, they have to listen to the party. I am telling people that I am independent and I am listening to their problems and I will try to solve them.”

Samadani said her priorities would be getting high standards in schools, help for housing and benefits.

She supports bringing Crossrail 2 to Tooting Broadway and believes that the UK should remain in the EU.

Samadani did not support the recent junior doctors strikes, saying patients were “crying out” during the strike periods.

She said: “I have a lot of plans for the NHS. The money is going somewhere where it is not needed. If they really think about how to get that money into the right places then this would not be a problem. I am against the junior doctor strikes, they can sit down and they can talk about everything. The losers are the patients.”

Samadani said she would try to make Tooting a more “family friendly” area, in a bid to reduce knife crime.

FULL CANDIDATE LIST FOR TOOTING BY-ELECTION (ALPHABETICAL ORDER)

• Alexander James Glassbrook, Liberal Democrats
• Ankit Love, One Love Party
• Bobby Smith, Give Me Back Elmo
• Dan Watkins, Conservative Party
• Des Coke, Christian People’s Party
• Dr Akbar Ali Malik, Immigrants Political Party
• Dr Zia Samadani, Independent
• Elizabeth Eirwen Jones, UK Independence Party
• Esther Dede Obiri-Darko, Green Party
• Graham Harry Moore, English Democrats Love England – Leave EU!
• Howling Laud Hope, The Official Monster Raving Loony Party
• Rosena Chantelle Allin-Khan, Labour Party
• Smiley Smillie, Independent
• Zirwa Javaid, Independent

[Photo: Rosena Chantelle Allin-Khan, Labour Party candidate for Tooting.]

 

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