PPC announcementsIndependents

Imam Ajmal Masroor t0 stand against Rushanara Ali (Labour) for Bethnal Green & Stepney seat – majority of 37, 524 in 2019 over runner up Conservative. [Solicitor Muhammad Akunjee had declared his intention to stand, for Bethnal Green & Stepney but now has graciously withdrawn to ensure a single independent PPC – now standing in Holborn & St Pancras.

Jeremy Corbyn to stand in Islington North, which he has represented
for 40 years for Labour – majority of 26,188!

Claudia Webbe, incumbent Labour MP for Leicester East to stand as
an Independent – margin of victory in 2019 was 6, 019. [Muslim population over 16 – 22.559]

Faiza Shaheen to stand in Chingford and Woodgreen – stood as Labour PPC in 2019 – trailed by 1,262 to Iain Duncan Smith (Conservative). Deselected by Labour in 2024.

Leanne Mohamad to stand against Wes Streeting (Labour) for the Ilford North seat – majority of 5, 198 in 2019 over runner up Conservative
[Muslim population over 16 – 19,005] Leanne has Workers Party backing.

Pamela Fitzpatrick to stand against Gareth Thomas (Labour) for Harrow West – majority of 8, 692 over runner up Conservative. [Abbas Merali confirmed as Tory PPC]

Solicitor Muhammad Akunjee to stand against Sir Keir Starmer (Labour) for Holborn & St Pancras – majority of 27, 763 over runner up Conservative.

Noor Jahan Begum to stand against Sam Terry (Labour) for Ilford South – majority of 24, 101 over runner-up Conservative.

James Giles to stand against Liam Byrne (Labour) for Birmingham Hodge Hill & Solihull North – majority of 28,655 over runner-up Conservative.
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Shakeel Afsar to stand in Birmingham’s Hall Green constituency against Tahir Ali – majority of 25,508 in 2019 over runner-up Conservative.

Shaukat Patel to stand against Jonathan Ashworth for Leicester South
constituency – majority of 22,675 in 2019 over runner up Conservative.

Andrew Feinstein to stand against Sir Keir Starmer (Labour) for Holborn seat – majority of 27,773 in 2019 over runner up Conservative. Graciously withdrawn for Muhammad Akunjee.

Azhar Chohan to stand against Tanmaneet Singh Dhesi (Labour) for Slough seat – majority 13, 640 over runner up Conservative.

Ehtasham Haque to stand against Apsana Begum (Labour) for Poplar and Limehouse seat – majority 28,904 over runner up Conservative.

Nandita Lal to stand against David Lammy (Labour) for Tottenham – majority of 30,175 over runner up Conservative.

Barrister Omar Faruk to stand in newly defined Bow and Stratford
constituency.

Zebunisa Rao to stand in the newly defined Brentwood & Isleworth constituency.

Yvonne Ridley to stand in newly defined Newcastle Central & West constituency.

Sophia Naqvi to stand in West Ham and Beckton – a new constituency drawing on wards in East Ham and West Ham. This PPC has endorsement of @ordinaryLeft.

Aftab Nawaz to stand in the newly defined Walsall and Blowich constituency.

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PPC announcementsWorkers Party GB

in marginals:

Paul Crowley to stand against Christian Wakeford (Conservative) for Bury South seat = majority of 402 over runner up Labour [Muslim population over 16 – 4,696]

Shanaz Saddique to stand against Debbie Abrahams (Labour) for the Oldham
East seat – majority of 1,503 over runner up Conservative.

Matthew Britcliffe to stand against Sara Britcliffe (Conservative) for Hyndburn – majority 2,951 over runner up Labour [Muslim population over 16 – 9, 256]

Shakir Saghir to stand against Holly Lynch (Labour) for Halifax seat – majority of 5,376 over runner up Conservative [Muslim population over 16 – 12,241

Nasri Barghouti to stand against Lisa Nandy (Labour) for Wigan seat – majority of 6.728 over runner up Conservative [Muslim population over 16 – 1,062]

click here for updated list

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PPC announcements – Greens
click here for updated list

PPC announcements – Lib Dem
Consolidated list not yet published on the Lib Dem website (5 June 2024)

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PPC announcementsOther
Graham Jones (under suspension from Labour) for Hyndburn,
Lancashire standing against Sara Britcliffe, Conservative – majority of 2,951 in 2019 over [runner up Labour Graham Jones].
[Muslim population over 16 – 9, 256]

STOP PRESS!
23 February 2024: Ilford South – Siddiqi Syed intends to seek Green Party nomination Labour majority 24,101 – Sam Terry deselected [Muslim population over 16 – 44,493]
PPC announcements
Conservative

Nick Timothy, West Suffolk replacing former Health Secretary Matt Hancock, Timothy was Theresa May’s chief of staff and is a columnist in the Daily Telegraph, “[. . .] Like the protests against The Satanic Verses 35 years ago, today’s rolling anti-Israel demonstrations will come to be seen as a staging post in British politics… ” [DT, 2 March 2024] YouElect note: not anti-genocide demonstrations, but anti-Israel demonstrations!
4 July General Election


Useful websites:
Enter postcode to find out PPCs whocanivotefor.co,uk
Enter postcode to find out voting record of incumbent MP on Gaza

Hustings:
West Harrow click for Youtube of event 5 June 2024

Muslim Council of Britain’s call – ” we urge politicians and the media to resist the
temptation of using Muslims as a punching bag to score cheap political points.
Such actions are reprehensible and must be firmly rejected to foster an
inclusive environment that respects all communities.”

‘The Muslim Vote’ call – “It’s finally here. Our chance to empower the Muslim vote & stand up for the people of Gaza.”
2nd May Poll assessments/Muslim political participation

Neha Gohill in the Guardian “[. . .]  Since February, the [Labour] party has been
calling for an immediate ceasefire in the region and the release of all hostages. However, some have drawn links between Labour’s initial support for the Israeli offensive and waning popularity among Muslim communities.” click here.

ITV News Westminster Producer Maya Bowles , “[. . .] The findings showed that in
wards with over 70% Muslim representation, Labour lost 39 percentage points of
vote share.” click here.

Shabna Begum in huckmag.com, ” [. . .] Indeed, while exhorted to subscribe to
‘British values’ – when Muslim people avail themselves of those social goods such as the right to express their grievance through a vote placed at a
ballot box or by exercising their right to protest, they are vilified as
vandals of that very system.
It is extraordinary that expressing concern at events that have been
internationally recognised as having plausible risk of genocide and a population
being on the brink of a man-made famine, has been so effectively caricatured as
dangerous, simply by making the association with it being a Muslim
extremist interest.” click here.

Peter Oborne in Middleeast.com, “[. . . ] To sum up, British Muslims have voted in a
patriotic way. Over the last few months, most voters, though not the political and
media classes, have supported an immediate ceasefire. Last week, Muslims
provided non-Muslim Britons with a lead by sending a warning to the political
establishment.” click here.

Hasan Patel and Scott Lucas, “[. . .] Labour cannot just engage with members of the British Muslim who tell the party what it wants to hear. Starmer and his team need to look beyond traditional gatekeepers and iftar (fast-breaking) meals with individuals who are detached from the realities of issues from Oldham to
Bradford to Blackburn to Walsall” writing in bylinestimes.com

Sadiq Khan has been elected mayor of London, winning a historic third term in a dramatic contest” click here for Aletha Adu’s report in The Guardian

Muslim Council of Britain: “These election results are a wake-up call to all
parties: every vote counts. Politicians can’t take anyone for granted, especially
not British Muslims” @MusllimCouncil

Muslim Vote: Initiative: Despite all our disagreements on strategy,
despite the heavy biases in the media & split votes, the electoral voice of
Muslims in the UK has never been stronger” @themuslimvoteuk

Statement from the Scholars of Batley, Dewsbury, Bradford, Bolton,
Blackburn, Rochdale, Preston
: “At the start of the genocide in Gaza, we initiated a discussion with local Muslim Councillors to support the innocent people of
Gaza and take a stance against their Labour Party. The Councillors refused to engage with us and were arrogant in their loyalty to Keir Starmer. Alhamdulillah,
through the grace of Almighty Allah, all those councillors have now been defeated in local elections and lost their seats. Muslims will not tolerate genocide
supporters even if the Councillors happen to be Muslim. All existing Labour
Councillors across the UK should take heed and resign from Labour before they too are defeated when their election comes!” [source to be confirmed]
By-Elections

Rochdale – Galloway comes up trumps! Wins seat by 5, 697 majority for British Workers’ Party – “this is for Gaza”. 40% swing away from Labour!

Wellingborough result 15/2/2024- Gen Kitchen (Labour)

Kingswood result 15/2/2024 – Damian Egan (Labour).

Grass roots movements

Redbridge Matters – seeking an independent PPC for Ilford South. click here.
MPs intending to standing down

In constituencies with >20% Muslim population
Karen Buck Westminster North – Labour, majority 10, 759
[Muslim population over 16 – 20,502]
Margaret Hodge Barking – Labour majority 15, 427
[Muslim population over 16 – 25,966]
In marginal constituencies
Jon Cruddas Dagenham & Rainham – Labour majority 293
[Muslim population over 16 – 11, 221]
Stephen Hammond Wimbledon – Conservative majority 628
[Muslim population over 16 – 5,071)
Jo Gideon Stoke on Trent Central – Conservative majority 670
[Muslim population over 16 – 6089)
Stephen Brine Winchester – Conservative majority 985
[Muslim population over 16 – 769]
Alex Cunningham Stockton North – Labour majority 1,027
[Muslim population over 16 – 1,399]

In other constituencies

Michael Gove Surrey Heath – Conservative majority 18,349
Stuart Andrew Pudsey – Conservative majority 3,517
[Muslim population over 16 years of age in 2021 – 2,313]
Mike Freer, Finchley & Golders Green – Conservative majority 6, 562
[Muslim population over 16 years of age in 2021 – 9,924]
Matthew Offord Hendon – Conservative majority 4230
[Muslim population over 16 years of age in 2021 – 7,398]
Royston Smith Southampton Itchen – Conservative majority 4,490
[Muslim population over 16 years of age in 2021 – 2,525]
Robert Neill Bromley & Chislehurst – Conservative majority 10,891
[Muslim population over 16 years of age in 2021 – 2,508]
Kwasi Kwarteng Spelthorne – Conservative majority 18,393
[Muslim population over 16 years of age in 2021 – 2,843]
Tracey Crouch Chatham & Aylesford – Conservative majority 18,540

Margaret Becket Derby South – Labour majority 6,019
[Muslim population over 16 years of age in 2021 – 15,266]
Paul Blomfield Sheffield Central – Labour majority 27,273
[Muslim population over 16 years of age in 2021 – 11,747]
Harriet Harman Camberwell & Peckham – Labour majority 33,780
[Muslim population over 16 years of age in 2021 – 9,104]
Barry Sheerman Huddersfield – Labour majority 4,937
[Muslim population over 16 years of age in 2021 – 11,566]
Rosie Winterton Doncaster Central – Labour majority 2,278
[Muslim population over 16 years of age in 2021 – 3,653]

Source on MPs intending to stand down https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/explainer/mps-standing-down-next-election
MPs speaking up to bring to end the genocide (at rallies, vigils, in Parliament) include

John McDonnell, Hayes & Harlington – Labour
Tahir Ali Birmingham Hall Green – Labour
Tanmanjeet Dhesi Slough – Labour

Paul Bristow Peterborough – Conservative

Claudia Webbe, Leicester East – Independent


Whip suspensions
Kate Osamor Edmonton – for calling the genocide a genocide. – 28 Jan 2024
Jeremy Corbyn Islington North – suspended 2020
Diane Abbott Hackney North & Stoke Newington – suspended 2023

Shadow ministers who have resigned
Jess Phillips Birmingham Yardley – resigned as shadow minister, domestic abuse and safeguarding
Naz Shah Bradford West – resigned as shadow minister, crime reduction
Afzal Khan Manchester West Gorton – recently served as shadow minister for export
Yasmin Qureshi Bolton South East – shadow women and equalities minister, 
Paula Barker Liverpool Wavertree – shadow minister for homelessness 
Rachel Hopkins Luton South –  shadow minister for veterans
Andy Slaughter   Hammersmith –  shadow solicitor general.

YouElect has been revived on salaam.co.uk to provide news and views in the runup to the 2024 General Election.

News Roundup

Voter Registration

Party Muslim networks & news

Muslim Civil Society statements

Trends & Statistics

Opinion Pieces

Results of 2019 General Election

A review of past British Muslim electoral participation

Further reading

Click for book review. Plus ca change plus c’est la meme chose?

The YouElect project was initiated in July 2009 by a network of Muslim civil society activists in anticipation of the 2010 general election. Its distinct features were the pooling of resources and expertise of a number of community bodies and the forging of stronger links between a central coordinating team and local grassroots activists. The work was championed by Ismail Patel (Friends of Al Aqsa), Anas Altikriti (Cordoba Foundation), Imran Hamid and Naeem Darr (MDUK) with statistical support from salaam.co.uk .

1. News Roundup

Editorial, The Guardian, 1 March 2024, “[. . . ] Mr Galloway, a strident critic of Israel, is living proof that there is power without office.” click here.

Anna Leach and Niels de Hoog ın The Guardian, 20 February 2024: “[. . .] 148 seats could be lost [by Tories] on predicted swing of 15.4 percentage points”. Constituencies identified include Burnley, Wolverhampton West, Bury North, Bury South, Bolton North East, Watford, Chingford & Wood Green, Birmingham Northfield, Leeds North West, Keighley and Ilkley, Walsall and Bloxwich, Peterborough, West Bromwich, Derby North, Hyndburn, Hendon, Cities of London and Westminster, Harrow East.

Josiah Mortimer in Bylines.com, 19 February 2024, “[. . .] The constituency with the highest number of unregistered voters is the Cities of London and Westminster – where 24,320 people are missing from the electoral roll. This means that 20.3% of the eligible population is missing from the electoral roll.  The rest of the ‘bottom five’ worst-performing seats by proportion of missing voters are: Leeds Central and Headingley, Bristol Central, Sheffield Central, and Liverpool Riverside. All are missing about one-fifth of potential voters from their rolls.” click here

10 February 2024: Michael Savage in The Observer: “Labour MPs are warning they face a growing challenge from a well-funded slate of independent candidates opposed to Keir Starmer’s position on the Israel-Gaza war [. . .] The Bethnal Green and Bow seat in east London, held by the shadow business minister, Rushanara Ali, is among the constituencies being discussed.” click here.

31 January 2024: Peter Oborne in Middleeasteye.net: “[. . .] There are indications that the left is also beginning to mobilise against Starmer. It needs to work with the Muslim community [. . .] As the two main parties turn their backs on Muslims, while moving ever further towards the right, we may be seeing the emergence of a new British Muslim political consciousness. click here.

30 January 2024: Kiran Stacey and Aletha Adu in The Guardian “[. . .] We know we [Labour] have lost the Muslim vote and at the very least their trust [. . .] Labour Friends of Palestine (LFPME) has become one of the central organising hubs.” click here.

26 December 2023: Peter Oborne writing in Middleeasteye.net, “Expect  British politics to lurch towards the extreme right in 2024 as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak battles for political survival.” click here.

2. Voter Registration

Josiah Mortimer in Bylines.com, 19 February 2024, “[. . .] The constituency with the highest number of unregistered voters is the Cities of London and Westminster – where 24,320 people are missing from the electoral roll. This means that 20.3% of the eligible population is missing from the electoral roll.  The rest of the ‘bottom five’ worst-performing seats by proportion of missing voters are: Leeds Central and Headingley, Bristol Central, Sheffield Central, and Liverpool Riverside. All are missing about one-fifth of potential voters from their rolls.” click here

Applying for a Voter Authority Cerificate click here

3. Party Muslim networks & news

Who is on the Muslims for Labour team? click here

Who is on the Conservative Muslim Forum’s executive board? click here

4. Muslim Civil Society statements

26/12/2023: Blogging Theology Podcast –  Can UK Muslims Make a Real Difference in  Elections?  with Muhammad Jalal  click here

Muslim Vote initiative click here

5. Trends & Statistics for 2024

  • Constituencies with > 20% Muslim population – click here
  • Marginal constituencies – click here
  • MPs in >20 Muslim population constituencies – voting on 15 November 2023, SNP Ceasefire resolution – click here
  • MPs in Marginal constituencies constituencies – voting on 15 November 2023, SNP Ceasefire resolution – click here

6. Opinion Piece

22nd March 2024 – London Mayoral Election, Critical Constituencies

7. Results for 2019

Ahead of the 2019 General Election, the Muslim Council of Britain launched its report ‘British Muslim Perspectives and the 2019 General Election’. Along with identifying a number of policies on a range of issues from the NHS to national security, it detailed  the issues surrounding Islamophobia which are most pertinent to British Muslims. Click here.

The number of Muslim heritage MPs:

  1. Khalid Mahmood, Perry Barr, Labour
  2. Dr. Rosina Allin-Khan, Tooting Labour
  3. Rupa Huq, Ealing Central and Acton,Labour
  4. Tulip Rizwana Siddiq, Hampstead and Kilburn, Labour
  5. Naz Shah Bradford West, Labour
  6. Imran Hussein, Bradford East, Labour,
  7. Shabana Mahmood, Birmingham Ladywood, Labour
  8. Rushanara Ali,   Bethnal Green and Bow, Labour
  9. Yasmin Qureshi, Bolton South East, Labour
  10. Afzal Khan, West Gorton, Labour
  11. Muhammad Yasin, Bedford, Labour
  12. Apsana Begum Labour, Poplar & Limehouse with 38,660 votes
  13. Zarah Sultana, Labour,  Coventry South.
  14. Tahir Ali, Birmingham Hall Green, Labour
  15. Rehman Chishti, Gillingham and Rainham, Conservative
  16. Nusrat Ghani,  Wealden,
    Conservative
  17. Saqib Bhatti, Meridan, Conservative
  18. Sajid Javed,
    Bromsgrove, Conservative

8. A review of past British Muslim electoral participation

1997

The UK Action Committee published an 11-page ‘Muslim manifesto’, For a Fair and Caring Society, in time for the May 1997 general election. Under the coordination of Iqbal Sacranie, the drafters included Hashir Faruqi, AbdulWahid Hamid, Bashir Maan and Jamil Sherif. Meetings were also organised with prominent PCs, including the Home Secretary Michael Howard MP and the Shadow Home Secretary Jack Straw MP. UKACIA’s specific aim was to obtain a number of commitments from the next government, particularly to expedite voluntary-aided status for Muslim faith schools, place discrimination on grounds of being Muslim on par with the protection afforded to Jews and Sikhs and inclusion of a religion question in the 2001 Census.  The 1997 general election also resulted in election of

  1. Mohammad Sarwar, Glasgow Govan, Labour

2001

The MCB published a policy document prior to the June 2001 general election, entitled Electing to Listen: promoting policies for British Muslims, similar in scope and format to UKACIA’s ‘manifesto’ of 1997. . Labour was returned to power, returning

  1. Mohammad Sarwar, Glasgow Govan, Labour
  2. Khalid Mahmood, Perry Barr, Labour

2005

By the time of the May 2005 General Election, there was much resentment and disaffection within Muslim communities with the Labour government to do with the ‘War on Terror’, anti-terrorism laws and the use of stop-and-search powers by the police. Its  pre-2005 general election ‘manifesto’, Electing to Deliver – working for a representative Britain was a 21-page policy paper urging Muslims, as in the 2001 general election, “to take an active part in all the issues of the election campaign…active engagement in civil society is basic duty in Islam”. The number of Muslim candidates standing in the 2005 general election was 48, more than double compared to 2001, “but despite the rise, Muslims remain under-represented, particularly in being selected for safe or winnable seats”  (The Muslim News). An outcome of the election was an increase in the number of Muslim-heritage MPs to four.

  1. Mohammad Sarwar,
    Glasgow Govan, Labour
  2. Khalid Mahmood, Perry
    Barr, Labour
  3. Shahid Malik,
    Dewsbury, Labour
  4. Sadiq Khan, Tooting
    Labour

2010

This was when the YouElect initiative came to the fore. The 2010 General Election also provided a strategic opportunity:  political commentators were discussing the possibility of a hung parliament and while at the time it was uncertain whether this would lead to minority government or a coalition of either Labour or Conservatives with the Liberal Democrats, the general feeling within the Muslim community towards the end of 2009 was that such an outcome was one worth striving for.

The MCB established the MuslimVote web platform “ as a non-partisan space where British Muslims of all political persuasions can come together, debate, share learn and activate for the common good.” Muslim-heritage MPs elected:

  1. Khalid Mahmood, Perry
    Barr, Labour
  2. Shahid Malik,
    Dewsbury, Labour
  3. Sadiq Khan, Tooting
    Labour
  4. Anas Sarwar, Glasgow
    Central, Labour
  5. Shabana Mahmood,
    Birmingham Ladywood, Labour
  6. Rushanara Ali,  
    Bethnal Green and Bow, Labour
  7. Yasmin Qureshi,
    Bolton South East, Labour
  8. Rehman Chishti, Gillingham and Rainham, Conservative
  9. Sajid Javed, Bromsgrove, Conservative

2015

The Muslim Council of Britain worked with the Electoral Commission to encourage Muslims across the UK to register to vote for the upcoming General Election. The number of Muslim heritage MPs:

  1. Khalid Mahmood, Perry
    Barr, Labour
  2. Shahid Malik,
    Dewsbury, Labour
  3. Sadiq Khan, Tooting,
    Labour – resigned for London Mayorship
  4. Dr. Rosina Allin-Khan, Labour from 2016
  5. Rupa Huq Ealing
    Central and Acton,Labour
  6. Tulip Rizwana Siddiq,
    Hampstead and Kilburn, Labour
  7. Nusrat Ghani,  Wealden, Conservative
  8. Naz Shah Bradford
    West, Labour
  9. Imran Hussein, Bradford
    East, Labour,
  10. Shabana Mahmood,
    Birmingham Ladywood, Labour
  11. Rushanara Ali,  
    Bethnal Green and Bow, Labour
  12. Yasmin Qureshi,
    Bolton South East, Labour
  13. Afzal Khan, West
    Gorton, Labour,  from 2017
  14. Muhammad Yasin,
    Bedford, Labour, from 2017
  15. Rehman Chishti, Gillingham and Rainham, Conservative
  16. Nusrat Ghani,  Wealden,
    Conservative
  17. Sajid Javed,
    Bromsgrove, Conservative
  18. Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh, Ochil_and_South_Perthshire, SNP

9. Further reading

Timothy Peace (ed.) Muslims and Political Participation in Britain, Routledge 2015 click here.