My Story…

I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the Labour Party. As it was the Labour government who gave me sanctuary as I fled the Taliban tyranny in Afghanistan, after being held captive and tortured by the group as a 12-year-old child.

In November 2004, just a week before turning 17, I arrived in Britain with nothing but trauma and pain, in desperate need of a home and protection. Britain gave me both, and more. And ever since, I have relied on every institution, Labour created institution, to get to where I am today.

The NHS came to my rescue and treated my PTSD, enabling me to experience and build a normal life, which I had never had before. The NHS delivered my children, saved my eyesight and, as I struggled for life suffering multiple epileptic seizures at a motorway service station 100 miles away from home, again, it was our NHS doctors and nurses who were there to save my life. So inspired, my wife, Tahira, who became a refugee at the same time as me, became ever more determined to become a nurse. And as the Covid 19 pandemic struck, she was there, working tirelessly, saving lives.

The welfare state has been there for us in our hardest of days. Without it, we would not have been able to have the life we have today. And, if it was not for the Open University, another of Labour’s greatest achievements, I would not have had the world class education it provided me.

Britain is a great country. I owe it everything I have. It pains me to see what the Tories have done to it. We should not have people forced to choose between heating and eating. We should not have our education system leaving our children behind. We should not have our NHS run to the ground.

I want Britain to be the best country to grow up and grow old in. I want our education system to be the best in the world. I want our welfare state to protect those in need. I want our country to regain its international reputation and standing. Our public services should be world class. Fairness and equality must be the cornerstone of our economy. Protecting the environment and fighting climate change must be our collective national mission.

I joined the Labour Party the day I became a British citizen, one of the best and proudest decisions of my life. Since then, I have been part of many campaigns to help our party deliver for communities across the country.

I will be a relentlessly campaigning MP and a strong voice for Britain and our values. My personal story, experience in the media, lobbying and working with politicians and organisations at the national level will enable me to attract attention to the area, influence and bring about positive change and investment.

Britain needs to be rebuilt. It is on us, the Labour Party, just like 1945, 1964 and 1997, to do it once more. Make it fairer, healthier and happier. I am committed to paying back what I owe our country. Achieving a Labour government is the best way I can do that.

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