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Differing fortunes for candidates this week

Hamira Khan is fighting a difficult seat but has a bright political future

It was a case of one-in, and one-out for parliamentary candidates this week, after Hamira Khan was selected to fight at admittedly difficult seat for the Tories, while Labour candidate Jermaine Atiya-Alla quit after realising he couldn’t win.

Although Khan has got her work cut out in Glasgow East, which has a towering Labour majority, she is clearly an extremely able candidate and no doubt will be a rising star within the Conservative Party.

Khan is a participant in Operation Black Vote’s Councillors Shadowing Scheme, supported by the government’s Equalities Office.

A Glasgow resident, the 30-year-old public relations executive won the Young Female of the Year award in 2004, and as well as her business career she is also active in the community, helping to set up more services for young people.

It was a different story for Labour’s Jermaine Atiya-Alla, the 21-year-old candidate for Newton Abbott, who quit after his helpers were told to campaign for a sitting MP, Ben Bradshaw, in a nearby constituency.

Newton Abbott is every bit as difficult for Labour as Glasgow East is for the Tories, so Atiya-Alla could surely not expect to win this time around? But anyway, he posted an “I quit” message on his Facebook page before formally stepping down as a candidate.

We hope Atiya-Alla makes a comeback in the future, and also gets the support and guidance that every young aspiring politician needs. And the very best of luck to Khan.

LH

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