Labour have announced that they will choose their candidate for Oldham and Saddleworth this Sunday after the NEC shortlists on Friday with Cllr Afzal Khan a confirmed candidate along with the usual non descript opportunists who have nothing to do with the area although are always the first to seek Muslim votes.
Cllr Afzal Khan seems to be more famous for having a lovely daughter Mariam Khan who stood in Bury North however, he is exactly the type of candidate Labour need to regain the trust of Muslims after Blair and in particular the lying racist Phil Woolas.
Khan is a remarkable and inspiring story of a Pakistani immigrant arriving in this country and in true northern grit rolling his sleeves up and getting down to work by making something of his life through establishing a law practice. As a councilor and first Muslim Lord Mayor of Manchester he has served all the people of Manchester with enormous distinction. More importantly he is no sell out or Uncle Tom that Labour seem so keen to promote but a British Muslim who has championed the cause of Kashmir and Palestine.
While the Labour establishment will do everything to impose Lucy Powell who is constantly seen having meetings with Harriet Harman at Westminster that is the very reason Oldham members should not appoint her because she is the establishment candidate. LM urges the Oldham Labour Party if given the opportunity by the NEC to select a candidate who will set aside past differences most notably during the Oldham riots and adopt a candidate who has a track record of bringing communities together so desperately needed after the lying and cheating racist Woolas.
Oldham is already making significant progress in bringing together segregated communities as the Cantle Report recommended but adopting Cllr Afzal Khan as Labour's candidate and hopefully MP will confirm the progress all good people of Oldham have made in moving forward together as one community.