Real people. Real concerns. Real change. This was no clandestine meeting of political bigwigs. Nor was it a token five minute mosque visit by all-smiling, all-nodding politicians. In the first event of its kind - mainstream politicians and ordinary members of our community were brought together for an open, frank and lively discussion.
In preparation for the upcoming British General Election, on Saturday 27th March, at the Mehfil e Abbas centre in Birmingham - the CoEJ Media and External Relations Desk brought together three politicians from the main British political parties and ordinary people from our community. Anyone could join the audience. And anyone could ask a question on anything.
The result? Real people expressing real concerns passionately and making way for real change. For an hour and a half members from our community were able to engage with the people seeking their votes and find out what they really stand for. The panellists represented all three of the major British political parties; Jo Barker (Conservative Parliamentary Candidate), John Hemming (Liberal Democrat MP) and Valarie Vaz (Labour Parliamentary Candidate).