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Slough Respect voting to incinerate New Labour

by Kelly Hilditch
Issue No. 1948

Jazz Khan, the Respect candidate in Slough, has had a terrific start to his campaign.

Campaign manager Hassan Akil said, “Langley secondary school invited all the local candidates to a hustings on Friday of last week. The school students all crowded round the Respect stall taking stickers and badges.

“Some of the students had been involved in the incinerator campaign and recognised some of the activists from that campaign, so we got a lot of support.

“People were crowding round the Respect stall while the Labour candidate, Fiona Mactaggart was alone on her stall.

“The council has agreed planning permission for Europe’s second largest incinerator to be built in Slough. There are real concerns for people’s health if this goes ahead.

“Fiona Mactaggart was against the plan to begin with. But she now says that the effects will be closely monitored. We don’t think that it is right to use the people of Slough as guinea pigs.”

Around 30 people came to Slough last Saturday to help with Jazz Khan’s campaign.

Yolanda Williams, a local nurse and Respect supporter, said, “We met a couple today who live in the constituency. They are a doctor and a nurse. They had not heard about Respect before, but after explaining to them what we stood for they said they would vote for Jazz.

“I met another woman while out leafleting. She knew all about George Galloway. She’d seen him on television and found him really inspiring, but hadn’t realised that Respect had a candidate standing in Slough. She took a load of leaflets to do her street.”

Mr Khan, no relation to Jazz, is a shop owner on the Chalvey estate. He said, “We are disillusioned by the other parties.

“We’ve seen plenty of Labour, we’ve seen plenty of Tories and we’ve seen enough of the Liberals — they don’t stand for anything.

“The only party that I think will make a change, who will make a difference, is Respect.”

George, who works in the local barber shop, said, “Respect is a good party. They are looking for peace, not like the Labour Party who took us into the Iraq war.”


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Sat 23 Apr 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1948
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