"Greens on the council in Bradford have proved that they can make a real difference to the lives of people living in Bradford West and I will continue this work on the national stage in Parliament."
Dawud Islam, Green Party candidate for the 2012 Bradford West By-Election
Dawud Islam is a former Labour Party councillor who joined the Greens in 1996 after seeing the writing on the wall with New Labour. Dawud stood for the Green Party candidate in Brent South in 1997 (not 2010 as the BBC mistakenly reported earlier).
In a press release today, Dawud said:
"The election of another Labour MP would have nothing to offer the residents of Bradford West. They need a strong, additional voice alongside Caroline Lucas MP in Westminster to argue the case strongly against the programme of cutrs and attacks on the most vulnerable members of society."
Dawud has stood in local elections for the Greens both here and in Ireland where he lived for 5 years. Dawud was elected Town Councillor for Bath in 2007. In 2010 he moved to Bradford and stood for Toller ward in the 2011 Local Elections.
Dawud Islam is a committed trade unionist and a member of Unite and has previously held union officerships.
Dawud is 49, a Home Energy Consultant and lives in west Bradford with his wife.
Dawud does admit to being a Watford fan, however he would like to point out he also attends Bradford City matches!
Announce By-Election Candidate for Bradford West Constituency
Bradford District Green
Party has announced the selection of Dawud Islam as their candidate for the
forthcoming By-Election in the Bradford West constituency.
Dawud Islam is 49 years old
and lives with his wife in the Girlington area of Bradford West. He works as a
Home Energy Consultant with E.on.
Dawud has been active in
politics since the age of 16, initially as a member of the Labour Party for
whom he contested many local elections in the Essex area. The manufactured New
Labour project created by Blair, Campbell and Mandelson saw Dawud become
disillusioned with the party and he left in 1996 when its future direction
became apparent. He was approached to join the Green Party in early 1997 and
contested the Brent South seat won by Paul Boateng at the 1997 general
He then contested several
local elections for the Greens both in the UK and the Republic of Ireland,
where he lived for 5 years. He was elected as a Town councillor for the Greens
in the Bath area in 2007. He moved to Bradford in 2010 and stood in the
Toller ward at last years local elections. He is a member of the Unite trade
union and is a committed trade unionist having previously held officer
Dawud is a keen sports fan
and can be regularly seen at Valley Parade, Horsfall and Odsal. A former
professional actor, he still treads the boards occasionally and can be seen as
Banquo in Macbeth at the Bingley Arts Centre in May unless, of course, he is
required at Westminster instead!!
On his selection as
candidate, Dawud Islam said:
"The election of
another Labour MP would have nothing to offer the residents of Bradford
West. They need a strong additional voice alongside Caroline Lucas MP in
Westminster to argue the case strongly against the programme of cuts and
attacks on the most vulnerable members of society instigated by the coalition
government and to resist the privatisation of the NHS and reverse the effects
of the tuition fees debacle. We are the only party to offer a real
alternative to austerity and cuts with our Green New Deal.
“Greens on the council in
Bradford have proved that they can make a real difference to the lives of
people living in Bradford West and I will continue this work on the national
stage in Parliament. George Galloway’s entrance will no doubt liven
up the campaign but I would remind people that the Green Party is for life...
not just for Christmas. George will no doubt leave Bradford to find other
challenges after the election whereas we will plough on with the hard work and
casework that we deal with on behalf of constituents on a daily basis"