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Election campaign in brief

Issue No. 1949

cartoon by Tim Sanders

cartoon by Tim Sanders

Babar calls for anti-war vote

Babar Ahmad, the south London IT worker facing extradition to the US on trumped up terrorism charges, has called on voters to back anti-war candidates, including George Galloway.

Babar will be standing as a candidate himself in Brent North, London. He will be running under the Peace and Progress banner.

The closing submissions for Babar Ahmad’s extradition hearing were heard on Wednesday of last week. Judge Timothy Workman will give his ruling on Tuesday 17 May.

Votes from unusual places

One Respect canvasser out in Newham, east London, last week told Socialist Worker how he nervously knocked on the door of a house displaying a big Union Jack.

A large man with a skinhead haircut answered the door, asking, “You’re not from New Labour are you?”

He said he had just returned from Iraq, after a six month tour of duty with the army. He said, “The people of Iraq don’t want us there. The only people who will benefit from this war is George Bush and the oil men.”

After a discussion the soldier said he would vote for Respect on 5 May.

Dean meets the people

Respect candidate for Hackney South, east London, Dean Ryan, and his supporters came to campaign at Morningside Primary School last week. It was great to see a candidate actually bothering to meet the voters and listen to their concerns.

The way the education system fails black boys is a very important issue for me.

I know that Respect will work to make a real difference on questions like this.

Ayoola Kbere-Wilson

‘He is on our wavelength’

Dean Ryan also spoke at a student hustings organised by Operation Black Vote in west London last week. He debated Labour minister Paul Boateng as well as Lib Dem and Tory candidates.

Students from Holland Park School told Socialist Worker, “Respect were the best in there. Dean was the only one on our wavelength. All the others just avoided the questions.”

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Sat 30 Apr 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1949
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