Shadow minister calls on Bengali ‘diaspora’ to back Bangladesh

Rushanara Ali, Labour’s Shadow International Development Minister, has returned to London after visiting New York’s Bangladesh community who have links with her own constituency in the East End.

She is calling for the ‘diaspora’ in Britain and America to campaign for Bangladesh as it faces serious climate change which risks millions losing their livelihood and homes.

“It’s vital in these tough times that we maintain our support,” she said. “Britain has led the way in backing some of the poorest people in the world—we should be proud that our support has saved millions of lives.”

The Bethnal Green & Bow MP, whose constituency includes Europe’s biggest Bangladesh community, had joined her Shadow State Secretary boss Harriet Harman for discussions with the UN, World Bank and IMF in New York and Washington.

Her call to support Bangladesh followed the country’s controversial Opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s visit to East London the previous week who urged her countrymen to help their motherland and protest st its “political corruption.”

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