Birmingham #MoreInCommon

In recent weeks, I have been meeting with faith and civic leaders from across our amazing city. I’m proud to call Birmingham, a young diverse city, my home and it is with immense pride that I serve the city as an elected councillor. Last week, I hosted a faith network meeting where I was able to share my thoughts about the challenges and opportunities that exist in the city with faith leaders from across Birmingham. This evening, I was invited by ...

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Taking Pride in Birmingham’s communities

As Birmingham marks Islam Awareness Week and prepares for the annual Birmingham Pride festival, new cabinet member for transparency, openness and equality Cllr Waseem Zaffar celebrates the contributions of these communities to the city. Cllr Zaffar said: “Birmingham is a fantastic, diverse, tolerant, warm and friendly city that welcomes people from all over the world and helps people celebrate their cultures and beliefs in a way that is second to none. “Just this week we’ve got two fantastic initiatives that show just that. We’ve ...

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No place for Anti-Semitism!

There’s no place for anti-Semitism - not in the Labour Party, not in Birmingham, not anywhere. Growing up in Birmingham, having the chance to serve all communities of our city, I’ve always advocated for tolerance and the building of strong relationships between faiths and those of non-faiths. I have been appalled by many of the actions of the Israeli government, but I am not opposed to a Jewish homeland. I believe in a two-state solution: a Jewish homeland and a Palestinian homeland. I ...

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Happy New Year!

As 2015 closes upon us, we look forward with excitement towards a successful 2016. 2015 has been a roller coaster year for me personally; a year full of challenges as well as some amazing successes. The birth of my first and only child, Mikaeel, has certainly been a life changer and without doubt the highlight for me. Getting re-elected as the Councillor for Lozells & East Handsworth Ward with a record breaking 80% share of the vote was a humbling and extremely ...

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101 Birmingham Councillors urge Foreign Secretary & UN to intervene on Genocide of Rohingya People in Burma

On Sunday, 21st June 2015, nearly 1,000 Brummies of all faith and no faith, attended a peaceful demonstration organised by the Rohingya Solidarity Movement in Chamberlain Square to show solidarity towards the Rohingya community who are suffering at the hands of the Burma authorities. At this event, a number of elected Birmingham Councillors committed to making representation to the Foreign Secretary, Rt Hon Phil Hammond MP to seek intervention from the United Nations Security Council in Burma. Today, a letter signed by ...

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Chair of O&S for Corporate Resources

Last week, at the Annual General Meeting of Birmingham City Council, I was elected by the meeting as the Chairman of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee for Corporate Resources for the municipal year 2015-2016. I would like to thank all Councillors of the previous committee that I chaired, the Districts and Public Engagement Scrutiny Committee for their support and efforts during my time as chair. I am also hugely grateful of two fantastic officers, Benita Wishart and Amanda Simcox for their sterling ...

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Thank You For Re-electing Me!

      I am delighted to have been re-elected as the Councillor for the Lozells & East Handsworth Ward. We had a 56% turn out in the ward of whom 80% voted for me as the Labour Candidate. I managed to double the majority I achieved in my first election in 2011. Thank you to the 8,535 residents who voted for me but also to the 2,035 residents who did not vote for me but participated in the democratic process. As I said in ...

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Tariq Jahan Endorses Waseem

Tariq Jahan, credited with stopping the 2011 Riots, has spoken about the support he has received from Waseem when seeking justice for the tragic circumstances that his son and two friends lost their life's on Dudley Road. Tariq has recently launched a petition demanding the Home Secretary set up a public enquiry to examine the police investigation into the murders of Haroon Jahan, Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir in August 2011. Please support this good cause and sign the petition. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvsVOMWPCUU[/youtube]

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