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My Q&A: East Ham resident and London Marathon beginner discusses Newham’s diversity and his inspirational family

PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 November 2018

Imam Haque, whos running the London Marathon on behalf of Age UK. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Imam Haque, whos running the London Marathon on behalf of Age UK. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

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Imam Haque lives in East Ham, and soon he’ll begin training for his first London Marathon, for Age UK.

Imam Haque, whos running the London Marathon on behalf of Age UK. Picture: Ellie HoskinsImam Haque, whos running the London Marathon on behalf of Age UK. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

He spoke to reporter Rhiannon Long about the inspiration he finds from his family members.

What’s your connection with the borough?

I have been living in Newham for the last 12 years. I have made many friends here and I have also influenced many friends to move here. I know lots of high street business owners and share a strong bond with them.

What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

We have one of the most diverse societies in London, which helps people from various backgrounds to learn each other’s skills and culture. London is known for its diversity and tolerance and Newham truly resembles that.

What one thing would you change?

I would like to change the communication and relationship between people and public services. The public services need to connect with each and every resident, help them solve their issues, build their skills and get the most out of them which will benefit individuals and our borough at the same time.

Use three words to describe the area.

Cosmopolitan, contemporary, charming.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

My parents, Ainul Haque and Wahida Khatoon have sacrificed a lot to bring me up and make me the person I am, and I am always inspired by their resilience. My brother’s ability to stay strong in hard times has always inspired me to stay strong in tough times, and the perserverance and kindness of my best friend has always inspired me.

What new law would you introduce if you were the prime minister?

I would call a second Brexit referendum. After 19 months since article 50 was triggered, it looks weak for any sort of deal with the EU, which puts the country’s growth at risk.

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

I would definitely be focusing on highlighting the housing issue to solve housing problems and homelessness, NHS issues to improve waiting list and surgery and hospital experiences, and crime issues for a safer neighbourhood.

To donate to Imam’s marathon fundraising efforts, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/Imam-haque.

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