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September 28, 2002

Muslim group to be launched at Labour Party Conference

London, The Muslim News On Line:

The Labour Party is launching an initiative next week to win the support of the Muslim community by proposing the formation of a separate affiliated political group on the lines of the Christian Socialist Movement and Poale Zion, the Labour Zionist organisation, reports The Muslim News.

Party chairman Charles Clarke is presiding over a fringe meeting at Labour annual conference in Blackpool on Tuesday evening to officially announce the proposal.

“I welcome moves like this one to bring together people who want to think through their support for democratic socialism from the starting point of community identity and faith," Clarke told The Muslim News. "The Labour Party enjoys a very high level of support from the Muslim community - including now over 200 local Labour Councillors as well as a growing number of prominent parliamentarians,” he said.

The initiative is the brain child of junior Trade and Industry Minister Stephen Timms, who told The Muslim News in June that it would be an “avenue” for Muslims to participate in mainstream politics.

The fringe meeting is being attended by Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood and Shahid Malik, member of Labour’s National Executive Committee. The initiative is aimed at encouraging Muslims to take up the suggestion to form their own group affiliated to the party.

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