Independent MP candidate for Bethnal Green and Bow, Ajmal Masroor has urged the voters to vote for change on 8 June election. His main opponent is this constituency is two times former MP Rushanara Ali who is also from Bangladeshi heritage.
Ajmal Masroor told this in a press conference and view exchanging meeting on 29th May in a hall on New Road in East London. A huge number of community leaders were present at the event.
Answering to a question, he emphasised that he will agree to join the coalition with Labour as his election manifesto are similar to Labour party manifesto.
On his speech, he emphasised that he will be the most accessible MP that the area has ever known and will double the number of advice surgeries currently offered. He also said that if elected, his main job will be to stay close to the people of Bethnal Green and Bow and serve the community.
On his written speech, he mentioned that, according to one independent website ‘Writetothem’, in 2015-16, Rushanara Ali did not answer to the queries made by 73% of the local people, means 73% people of the community tried to contact Rushanara without success.
Ajmal Masroor emphasised that in 2015-16, Rushanara was the second highest spender among Labour Party MPs. The salary of her office stuff accumulated to 156 thousand 743 pounds.
Other guests who addressed the audience included Hasnat Hossain MBE, Barrister Ataur Rahman, Cllr. Rabina Khan, Cllr. Abdul Asad, community leader Md Shamsul Haque, Ali Musa, solicitor Monira Rahman, Atique Miah, Akhlakur Rahman, Shamsul Talukdar, Maolana Rafique Ahmed, Misbah Khan, prominent businessman Abdul Hannan.
On a meeting held previously on 8th of May, Ajmal Masroor said that Bethnal Green & Bow needs an independent candidate accessible to local people. If he is elected, he will commit to at least four advice surgeries per month, which double the number is carried out by the current MP.
He also said that his number one priority will be casework for local residents – helping local residents and advocating for them.
On Lack of affordable housing, he said that he will fight to ensure that the Council insist that private developers build more good quality affordable and social housing in order to be granted planning permission.
On knife Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour he said Knife crime and anti-social behaviour will only stop when parents and young people of the area, come together to say enough is enough. In partnership with the police, he will lead on the delivery of a weapons amnesty.
On small businesses/market traders he said that he will champion small independent businesses and market traders in the face of aggressive private developments. He will also campaign in Parliament for differentiated business rates, so that small businesses pay less and big corporations pay more.
On Council introduced free school meals for all primary age pupils in 2014 and under pressured budget due to central government cuts, he said that he will work closely with the Council to ensure this meals initiative is continued and to lobby the Government to directly fund free schools meals for all primary school children across the country.
On inadequate Social Care for children and leaving them in danger he said he will hold Council officers and elected members to account and find solutions to deliver an outstanding service once again.
On lack of employment opportunities for all young people and especially graduates, he said that he will work with big businesses to encourage them to employ more local young people and ensure that where they fail to employ enough local people that they will be held publicly accountable.
On local NHS Services he said he will work with local doctors, nurses and the Local Authority to identify where increased health funding is most urgently needed and to lobby the government for greater investment.