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May 01, 1999

Labour Party disappoints Muslims in Scottish elections

The Labour Party has not selected any Muslim candidate for the Scottish elections in the First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) system, reports The Muslim News. Meanwhile the Conservative party, Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party (SNP) have one candidate each standing in the elections. The Muslim community in Scotland has been disappointed with the Labour Party's neglect of the biggest 'ethnic' minority community in Scotland. Labour Councillor Bashir Maan said: "I am disappointed that the Labour Party did not select any Muslim candidate and this shows an abysmal disregard for their commitment to the provision of equal opportunities for all."

However, none of the Muslim candidates in the winnable seats. Tory candidate Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh and Lib Dem candidate Mohammed Aslam Kahn are standing for the Glasgow Govan constituency, the Labour stronghold. The SNP candidate, Kaukab Stewart is standing in Glasgow Anniesland against the Labour heavy weight, Scottish Minister, Donald Dewar.

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