Ayoub Khan for Police and Crime Commissioner

Ayoub-Khan-Jul 19 2014-22Ayoub Khan has accepted the Liberal Democrat nomination for Police and Crime Commission Candidate for the West Midlands.

Ayoub writes:

We have a problem in the West Midlands. Crime is falling, but people feel less safe than ever. We need faster police response times. We need better crime prevention, and we need reassurance.

It was in 2003 that I came face to face with the true impact of crime.

I heard a loud bang and rushed out of my house. Not fifty yards away, a man had collapsed, bleeding from gunshot wounds. The gunmen were still around, but, as I had some first aid training, I knew what I had to do.

I have nothing but praise for the emergency services that day — ambulance, police, and the NHS. I just kept him alive — it was they who saved his life.

Some people call me a hero, but I just did what anyone would do: responded to the need.

I grew up in Birmingham, and I’ve lived here all my life. I’ve dedicated myself to serving West Midlands people. My kids go to local schools. I know this place and I am proud of it. I’m not a career politician, though I have been an elected councillor and I’ve served on the Police Authority. I’m also a practising Barrister.

The police are there every day serving and protecting us. They respond to every need, in good weather or bad, when it’s dangerous, when people don’t want to help.

Elect me, and I will work tirelessly with them, for you. I’ll be there to tell the police when I think they’re wrong, and I’ll be listening when they tell me otherwise.

Together, we can make policing in the West Midlands better for you, your family, your friends and your community.

 

Prepared by M. Yaseen, election agent, Liberal Democrats, 23 Willes Road, Birmingham, B18 4PZ.

Ayoub Khan selected to fight Police and Crime Commissioner by-election

Ayoub-Khan-Jul 19 2014-19Birmingham barrister Ayoub Khan will fight the Police and Crime Commissioner by-election for the Liberal Democrats on 21 August. The election was caused by the sad death of Bob Jones on 1 July.

Khan, who administered first aid to a gun-shot victim fifty yards from his house in 2002, was called to the bar in 2005. He was a Birmingham City Councillor 2003-2012, and stood against Clare Short for Ladywood constituency in 2005, and also in 2010. He holds a degree in chemistry and a masters in engineering from the University of Birmingham, in addition to his law degree from Birmingham City University. He is married and has six children, including twin boys. All attend local schools.

Ayoub Khan said today: “We have a problem in the West Midlands. Crime is falling, but people feel less safe than ever. We need faster police response times. We need better crime prevention, and we need reassurance.
“I grew up in Birmingham, and I’ve lived here all my life. I’ve dedicated myself to serving West Midlands people, through the courts, and as an elected representative.”
Martin Turner, chair of West Midlands Liberal Democrats, said today: “Ayoub is a local hero who saved a man’s life, and risked his own doing it. Anyone can talk about crime, but it’s another thing to run to a man’s rescue with gunmen still at the scene.”

Phil Bennion co-opted as Vice Chair, Rural

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Phil Bennion was co-opted as Vice Chair, Rural, on 14 June 2014, to serve until the end of the year. Phil joins a Vice Chair’s team of Jonathan Webber (Strategy) and Cllr Paul Tilsley, CBE, as Vice Chair (Urban).

Chair’s update

Democracy works
We saw the results of the recent elections coming a long way off, but it was no less a shock to the system when they arrived.
So perhaps we missed something which is so ingrained in our way of life that it is almost invisible.
I think most of us would agree that 65% of voters made the wrong choice: they stayed at home, and did not vote. One woman said to me on the phone that she didn’t understand the Euro elections, so wouldn’t be voting. A couple said on the doors that they were angry with the whole lot of us, and wouldn’t be voting, but if they did vote, they would be voting UKIP. I didn’t press the point about the importance of voting. Perhaps I should have done.
The truth is that the results of the election were decided by the 35% of people who did vote. From the beginning of June, new MEPs will replace the ones we had. True, if they stick to form, the newly elected UKIP MEPs won’t actually do anything except collect their expenses. Britain has lost a proportion of its seats at the table, because the people who have been elected to fill them won’t turn up.
And yet, and yet. Nobody called out the armed forces, no regions have seceded, no emergency laws have been passed to call the results into question. It was a dreadful night for us, and a pretty bad week for the Tories as well, if you take their local election results into account. And yet, as the ruling coalition, we have not declared the results invalid, nor had our opponents arrested.
Britain’s democracy functions because, over centuries, people like us have constantly and persistently made the case that it should.
We are — quite rightly — incensed because democracy has taken a strongly illiberal turn. True, 70% of those who voted in the European elections, more or less, did not vote for racist or xenophobic parties. Nonetheless, the national discourse has moved from ‘what can we do help everyone?’, to ‘how much is a minority to blame?’
It’s just under 11 months to the General Election. In that time, it is for we who are not just democrats but liberal democrats to swing the debate back to the centre ground. We must get into newspapers, onto radio and television, to make the case in the high streets and market places, on Facebook, Twitter, in pubs and village halls. The fruit of what we do is only partly in election results. A greater part is in the influence we have on the hearts and minds of our region’s people. For that, every parliamentary seat counts, and every local election campaign.
The next task is at our door. It is time to open it.

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