Currently: Working full-time as a Deployment Engineer
Interesting fact: I have been Rock Climbing and Mountaineering for a few years with the view of eventually summiting Mount Everest.
Why have you decided to stand in this election, and what inspired you to join the Green Party? Several things, although if I had to pick 3 things they would be, my upbringing, religion and wish to see a better world where no-one has to beg for food, die due to a lack of water or live a life without dignity.
What are your top 3 priorities for Leicester if elected?
1) To bring greater accountability, our current MP is Labour and is in affectively a safe seat and this is disastrous for Democracy.
2) I want to ensure that local services remain at the forefront of all politicians minds, too often they play with services to their own end and this needs to stop.
3) I also want to see Leicester have more local autonomy, people should have the choice of how they are governed more than just once every 5 years
What’s it like being a BAME person in politics? Being a member of the BME community in politics for me is fine; I know I can give just as good as someone not of the BME community. But we need greater change in Parliament; the racial and ethnic mix simply doesn’t represent the country.
What’s it like being a BAME candidate in the Green Party and how can the Party reach out to more BAME people and communities? Being a BME candidate is wonderful, and knowing one of our deputy leaders is a BME candidate means I know the party will allow me to progressive on merit and not skin colour. As for reaching out to people, we simply need to pus the message, from a cultural and traditional stance, the Green Party better align with the BME community than any other party, we simply need to expose this.
What personal connections do you have to Leicester East?
I have lived in Leicester East my whole life, I went to the local primary school, secondary school and even had my first proper job at my local secondary school.
If elected, how would you communicate with, and represent, marginalised constituents in Leicester? I would actively go see people and not wait for them to see me. I would also ensure that everyone know I am there for them, I don’t personally care about photo opportunities, people before profit and fame.
What advice would you offer BAME people wanting to enter politics? Go for it, nothing ventured nothing gained. Life is about more than your upbringing and race, Politics should be too.