ELECTION 2019 – The Battle for Birmingham: Perry Barr

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Dan Rundle and Peniel Koman reporting

Meet the candidates going head-to-head in the 2019 General Election for Perry Barr.

The area is undergoing a massive regeneration, with plans in place for a £70m stadium to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

An estimated £500 million will be invested in Perry Barr in the coming years, but who is running in the election to become the MP who will ensure local people’s best interests are put first?

Alexander Stadium might look like this after redevelopment for the Commonwealth Games 2022 (Credit: Birmingham City Council)

Labour – Khalid Mahmood

Khalid Mahmood MP
Credit (Labour Party website)

Khalid Mahmood has served as a Labour MP for Perry Barr since 2001, and is the Labour candidate once again for the 2019 General Election.

He has been outspoken in his criticism for the Conservative’s refusal to hold a specific enquiry into issues surrounding Islamophobia in the UK, stating “The fact is that there is a real issue inside the conservative Party. Issues have been raised and they have refused to deal with it. It’s completely wrong.”

In May in this year, when asked about his stance on LGBT education in schools, he claimed:

“The issue here for many parents is whether the programme is teaching materials that are age appropriate for younger children.

I have previously criticised people promoting the wearing of the hijab in primary schools as I feel that too is not age appropriate and is sexualising young people – if I say that, then I have to say the same here to maintain an even balance”

Khalid Mahood

Mr Mahmood faced controversy in 2018, when it was discovered that he used public money to settle a legal dispute with his former assistant.

He was taken to court by Elaina Cohen, who was also his former girlfriend, after accusations against him of religious discrimination.

There had already been previous controversy surrounding the pair after it was revealed they stayed in The Bentley hotel in Kensington, London for nine nights at the taxpayers’ expense in 2004.

Green Party – Kefentse Dennis

Kefentse Dennis (Credit: Twitter)

Standing for the Green Party, Kefentse Dennis is a father of three, and a proud bisexual. He has been a member of the Green Party since July 2019.

An outspoken climate activist, Kefentse follows the Green Party’s aims of “Fighting Climate Chaos, for a fairer Britain and for a 2nd referendum for the maelstrom that is Brexit”.

He is also supporting the Green Party’s fundraiser to raise £5000 so that a candidate for each constituency in Birmingham can be put forward for the party in the General Election.

Brexit Party – Annette Willcox

Annette Willcox
Credit: Twitter

Not much information on Annette Willcox‘s political aims can be found online, but she’s a self-described “wife, mum, & accountant”, who “got tired of shouting at the telly and decided to do something.”

As a member of the Brexit Party, Willcox’s aim to leave the EU lines up with the Perry Barr constituency vote to leave in the 2016 EU Referendum.

Remember to register to vote by the 26th November to make your voice heard in the 2019 General Election.

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