Election 2017: Mirza Zillur Rahman to run as independent candidate in East Ham

PUBLISHED: 14:57 11 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:59 11 May 2017

Independent candidate for East Ham, Mirza Zillur Rahman

Independent candidate for East Ham, Mirza Zillur Rahman

Mirza Zillur Rahman

A barrister who is standing as an independent candidate in June’s general election has spoken of the need to strengthen community foundations.

Mirza Zillur Rahman will be contesting the East Ham seat, the constituency where he has lived for almost 17 years.

He said: “Most importantly, the primary role for the future MP of the East Ham constituency should be to be an advocate for the people of East Ham.

“There are many issues that will come before us in the next few years.

“They include security issues like more patrols on our roads and neighborhoods, the housing and education and employment service.

“In addition, we need to strengthen our community foundations to bring more jobs to East Ham.”

Mr Rahman, an immigration lawyer, said that his role means he is constantly in touch with business owners and members of the public alike, adding: “I understand their needs and desires.”

He said: “I have gained an understanding of the complexities of East Ham constituency including its capabilities and limitations.”

“Because of this experience, I have ‘people skills’ that can be used to bring people together toward common goals and unity.

“The issues before us continue to be balancing public representative’s responsibility with sound judgment.

“I believe that the foundation of any thriving community should include education, the arts, shopping and recreation.

“If we want to attract strong companies to the area with better jobs, we must work to enhance and expand these categories.”

Three other candidates have already declared their intention to stand in East Ham: Labour’s Stephen Timms, Lib Dem Glanville Williams and the Green Party’s Michael Spracklin.

Anyone else planning to run must hand in their nomination form this afternoon.

Mr Rahman added: “I look forward to a positive campaign, meeting citizens, and tackling challenges.”

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