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Respect is sinking real roots in Bradford

by Paul Grist
Issue No. 1950

A teacher in Bradford North asked her pupils to name the parties contesting the general election. After a long pause one student volunteered the name of the Labour Party.

After another pause another student announced, “I know, miss—Respect.” The same pupils held a mock election. They all wanted to be the Respect candidate. Respect won.

This enthusiasm among the young shows how we are sinking real roots in the local community. Our candidate, Umit Yildiz, came out as far and away the most popular in a hustings organised by pensioner activists.

They wanted to know what candidates proposed to do about pensions. Labour’s Terry Roony became extremely defensive, losing his temper at one point and shouting at the audience.

Many people at the hustings had voted Labour all their lives, but they came up and congratulated Umit at the end.

Umit has now spoken to meetings at mosques, temples and the college where he works. We are regularly contacted by people who agree with what we say and want to get involved.

Last weekend we started to canvass key areas. Many people we spoke to are undecided about who to vote for and are often easily won over to Respect.

We are appealing to Respect supporters from across West Yorkshire to come to Bradford and help us in this campaign.

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Thu 5 May 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1950
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