Published On: Wed, Feb 25th, 2015 on 1:08 pm

Bradford West Labour candidate Amina Ali resigns, just days after selection

Amina Ali, a Labour candidate selected to take on Respect leader George Galloway MP for the seat in Bradford West, has resigned her candidacy after just 72 hours.

Amina Ali Labour

Image: Amina Ali/Labour.

In an official statement released today, she said the main reason for her resignation was due to family commitments.

“It is an honour and privilege to have been selected”

She said: “It is an honour and privilege to have been selected by members of Bradford West as the Labour candidate for the General Election. In all the years I have been a member, being chosen to fight a seat for the Party I love has been my dream.

“However, I am the mother of two children and despite my best efforts to make arrangements to bring them to Bradford for the next 70 days, particularly as one of them is doing her GCSEs, this would have caused massive disruption at a critical time. I would not be able to do justice to the members of Bradford West CLP and the people of Bradford.

“Bradford West needs a candidate who is going to live in Bradford and be involved in the campaign for every moment of every day and I am unable to fulfil this commitment despite a strong wish to support the Labour Party to victory. The decision taken now will enable a new candidate to be selected for Bradford West to win the seat back for Labour.

“I remain very proud that I was the first British Somali woman ever selected to contest a target seat and I will continue to work within the Labour Party in the future and during the campaign. I am sure everyone will understand I need to put my children first.”

Unconfirmed news of Ali’s resignation started spreading on social media last night.

Claims were made by social network users and political opponents that the reason for her supposed resignation was that she had been daunted by the task of taking on Galloway.

Galloway accused supporters of other candidates of “bullying” Ali, and his campaign team.

Ali was a landmark candidate for the party, and had she won, she would have been the first British-Somali to enter the House of Commons.

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  1. AsItWas says:

    Her two children go to Private Boarding Schools in the south of England. Why would her being in the north cause any disruption to their education?

    Another lie from Labour….

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