RNA - Disgruntled Muslims in the English city of Birmingham claim to have found a political candidate worthy of receiving their support. The former-Labour turned independent candidate, Roger Godsiff, is fighting to win back his constituency, only this time, targeting the Muslim vote.
The 73 year old non-Muslim politician was dropped by Labour in November 2019, after publicly backing local Muslim parents protesting against forced LGBT teaching in primary schools.
However, things aren’t as straightforward as one might think. Mr Godsiff has an interventionist political record; voting to support British troops sent to invade Iraq and speaking in support of an anti-Iran terrorist group, promoting regime-change. But now, Mr Godsiff appears to have performed a U-turn, focusing on support for Palestine and Kashmir.
According to Press TV, after 27 years in office, Mr Godsiff has now become controversial, even in Birmingham itself. Dividing Muslim opinion on his sincerity.
Historically, turnout among Muslims voters has been low but their community does have power. Research shows the Muslim vote could swing 31 marginal seats.
However, Mr Godsiffs’ so-called pro-Muslim campaign proves just how difficult it is for British Muslims to find decent political representation.