This weekend, the Hampstead and Kilburn Labour Party are seeking a replacement to contest the marginal parliamentary seat soon to be vacated by Glenda Jackson. There are some legitimate questions that deserve answers regarding one of the candidates for the ticket.
Cllr Tulip Siddiq of Camden has no doubt many talents which have been exercised in the public interest. These I do not contest. Earlier today I came across an article in the North London Ham & High publication in which she reacts to an e-mail circulated concerning her and her family's dealings with the violent politics of Bangladesh and Vladmir Putin.
Clearly I am not important enough to have been sent the email, but I can imagine the picture attached because I remember being puzzled in January at the sight of Prime Minster Hasina of Bangladesh running off to Moscow with a large family retinue to sign a loan deal for arms worth $1 billion, as well as a controversial nuclear power agreement. The relationship between Sheikh Rehana, Cllr Tulip's mother, and the vile Awami League politics in the UK is common knowledgeamongst deshis.
It is relevant and pertinent to ask Cllr Siddiq what her stance is on the issue of the Awami League's violence and nepotism. This is because she comes from a Bangladeshi background, as do a number of other people in Britain. It also shines a light on how she would view the same issue in the context of UK politics.
The Ham & High erroneously makes the following statement,
The email, which features a photograph of her alongside Russian president Vladimir Putin taken during a visit to see her family in Bangladesh, has been reported to Camden Council’s solicitor by councillors.
|Kremlin website picture from Moscow Meeting on 15th January 2013|
|Picture with Cllr Tulip (far left) with PM Hasina and Vladmir Putin in the same attire.|
Readers of this blog will probably be aware that the Bangladesh Government's recent massacre of unarmed protesters on May 6th really ticked me off [Odhikar Fact Finding Report]. The Government of Bangladesh, and its support network are increasingly violent towards those who who oppose them.
It is in the public interest to know Cllr Siddiq's stance on the state brutality perpetrated Hasina's government.
We have no choice as to whom we are related, but we have a choice in whether to endorse and support their actions.
Labour party members should bear this aspect of the candidate in mind when making their final selection.
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