Barrister launches manifesto as Independent in Bethnal Green and Bow

VOTERS in Bethnal Green and Bow can choose between seven candidates to send to Westminster as their MP. The latest parliamentary hopeful to launch his campaign is barrister Ahmed Malik. He is contesting the seat as an independent and is using the elect

VOTERS in Bethnal Green and Bow can choose between seven candidates to send to Westminster as their MP.

The latest parliamentary hopeful to launch his campaign is barrister Ahmed Malik.

He is contesting the seat as an independent and is using the election to draw attention to Islamophobia.

The Queen Mary College trained lawyer works as an East London barrister and is also a founder of the Muslim Weekly newspaper.

He said one of the reasons he was standing was: "Because I am very disappointed that the mainstream parties are either totally silent or ignoring some extremely important issues such Islamophobic attacks on Muslims."

He added he thinks his message will appeal to all sections of the community.

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He also pledges to fight for housing and jobs for people in east London and to raise awareness of the threats of climate change in Bangladesh and the plight of the Somali community.

Mr Malik, 48, said if elected he will be a full time MP.

"I would like to devote 100 per cent of my time to serving my constituents."

He added: "Housing, crime (including drug related offences), unemployment and education are the main problems faced by the local communities.