Birmingham Tory Councillor in hot water over ‘endorsement’


by Sunny
27th May, 2009 at 2:34 pm    

This story is so funny. Conservative councillor Raja Khan, in Birmingham, is being criticised for using pictures of other people for his campaign leaflet – most notably Respect councillor Salma Yaqoob. She’s sent out a statement saying:

Mr Khan approached me for a photo on the recent trade union defend jobs demo in Birmingham. I agreed on the explicit condition that it not be used in any way for party political purposes.

But check out the leaflet! The English on that leaflet is all over the place. It doesn’t even make sense. How the hell is this guy going to get anyone to vote for him? A Libdem councillor has stepped in saying that Salma Yaqoob supports him – to which of course she hit back. Birmingham must be the only place in the country the Respect Party has a shred of credibility left.
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  1. Bearded Socialist — on 27th May, 2009 at 3:03 pm  

    That’s really bizarre.

  2. James — on 27th May, 2009 at 3:04 pm  

    Why would a Conservative by election candidate want to use the leader of a completely different party at the other end of the political spectrum as the main angle for his election publicity?

    It’s so daft you couldn’t make it up!

    Right, now I think the BNP should pose with Nick Clegg and use that on the front of their 2010 manifesto, while a member of the Labour party should pose for a snap with David Cameron and use that to get in some votes in a Tory safe seat.

    Of course, Lib Dem candidates should be using pictures of Green party leader Caroline Lucas to get votes and then we’ll have the kind of politics you only get in England!

  3. ex-soas-ite — on 27th May, 2009 at 3:26 pm  

    birmingham and soas. ;)

  4. munir — on 27th May, 2009 at 3:39 pm  

    “Birmingham must be the only place in the country the Respect Party has a shred of credibility left.”

    True but the other parties arent exactly covering themselves in glory are they?

  5. Amrit — on 27th May, 2009 at 4:52 pm  

    ‘This is a Local Election and is about Local Issues.’

    I marvel at the esteemed councillor’s powers of deduction. He’d have my vote, if I lived in Brum… ;-P

  6. Sunny — on 27th May, 2009 at 5:13 pm  

    lol Amrit.

    Why would a Conservative by election candidate want to use the leader of a completely different party at the other end of the political spectrum as the main angle for his election publicity?

    Mostly because Salma Yaqoob remains a popular political candidate in the area.

  7. A Councillor Writes — on 27th May, 2009 at 5:39 pm  

    After the by-election I have some fun stories about this one.

  8. Golam Murtaza — on 27th May, 2009 at 6:13 pm  

    Raja Khan and that Lib Dem Councillor are both liars. Salma Yaqoob supports ME!

  9. Leon — on 27th May, 2009 at 6:47 pm  

    birmingham and soas.

    Haha very true! :D

  10. Dave — on 27th May, 2009 at 8:16 pm  

    i heard labour were trying to poach salma sometime back, like she’d ever switch like some of them other spinless london ex-respect councillors!!

  11. piggy — on 27th May, 2009 at 9:36 pm  

    And that’s why you don’t let the candidates design or write their own leaflets.

    This is the kind of the ugly, grammatically dubious flipside to the romantic notion of a decentralised campaign.

  12. piggy — on 27th May, 2009 at 10:02 pm  

    “This is the kind of the ugly”

    Note to self: when slagging off someone else’s shoddy English, be sure to check your own writing for typos.

  13. Leon — on 27th May, 2009 at 11:00 pm  

    i heard labour were trying to poach salma sometime back, like she’d ever switch like some of them other spinless london ex-respect councillors!!

    Yeah that’s been a rumour for a while, I heard once there were supposed secret talks between Labour and her locally and she’d basically said she’d only defect if they gave her a safe Parliamentary seat to win…but then you never know, these rumours could be just started by other parties to undermine her/respect and/or get them and Labour fighting…

  14. Sunny — on 28th May, 2009 at 1:16 am  

    like she’d ever switch like some of them other spinless london ex-respect councillors!

    Well, she needs to, if she really wants to have some impact on national politics. Respect is a busted flush.

  15. fug — on 28th May, 2009 at 10:08 am  

    but some people dont see social and political change with the same shallow specs you do right?

    i hope respect brum does better than last time, salma yaqoob is more known now.

  16. mk1 — on 28th May, 2009 at 10:26 am  

    Lots of talk about Ms Yaqoob standing for parliament from Bethnal Green next time round since Galloway has confirmed he will stand in Poplar and Limehouse.

    Moreover, Yaqoob last stood in Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath and this seat is to be abolished following a review of parliamentary boundaries by the Boundary Commission for England. (Sparkbrook will join Birmingham, Hall Green – a seat the tories really should win next time round.

  17. A Councillor Writes — on 28th May, 2009 at 1:30 pm  

    The new Hall Green isn’t even remotely the same as the old Hall Green. Only the old Hall Green ward is part of it and demographic change is not Tory friendly there either. Nor is it particularly friendly to Respect, who actually scored most of their votes in the old Small Heath ward (now part of Birmingham Hodge Hill). The new Hall Green is a very complex seat and by ignoring half of it until this week, Respect have probably blown any chance of winning it. The bookies have it as a Labour/LibDem battle with the other two out of it.

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