BAME Councillors Join Covid Campaign

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150 Conservative and Labour BAME councillors join forces to call out misinformation and encourage the communities to take up of the Covid vaccine … reports Asian Lite Newsdesk

A group of 150 councillors, from both Conservative and Labour Parties, have joined forces to sign an open letter to their communities encouraging them to take the vaccine alongside social media videos seen over a million times on social media.

Cllr Gurjit Kaur Bains (Cons, Gravesham)

Signatories to the open letter include black and ethnic minority councillors from across the country including Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Medway from diverse backgrounds including from the British Indian, Muslim and Black communities.

Coronavirus has disproportionately had an impact on minority ethnic communities, in addition these communities have been subject to misleading information around the vaccine. The campaign seeks to encourage people not only to take the vaccine but also to have important conversations with loved ones and relatives about getting the protection they need from the virus.

Cllr Gurjit Kaur Bains (Cons, Gravesham) and Cllr Paulette Hamilton (Lab, Birmingham City) have come together to encourage black and ethnic minority councillors from across the country to play their part in fighting misinformation and urging people to take the vaccine when asked to do so.

The campaign has received the backing of the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Leader of the Opposition Keir Starmer as well as Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi MP. Videos from councillors produced as part of the campaign have been seen over one million times.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson

“As elected councillors we understand our communities and throughout this pandemic have been helping to provide support to our most vulnerable,” said Cllr Gurjit Kaur Bains.  “This initiative is cross party because we all have a duty to protect our communities and fight misinformation. The message is clear, the vaccine is safe, it will protect you and your family.

“We all have a role to play so I urge everyone to have conversations with their own friends and families about the importance of taking the vaccine. Let’s work together and fight this virus.”

“The vaccine not only protects the individual it protects their families, loved ones and the wider community.  The vaccine is our way collectively as a nation to beat this deadly virus; do not let misinformation put you or your loved ones at risk,” said Cllr Paulette Hamilton. “I understand the concerns people may have so please do speak to your GP or local Public Health officers to get more advice. It is our duty as elected councillors to encourage our communities to take the vaccine and this is why I am supporting this cross party campaign.”

The Signatories to the letter include:

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Cllr Paulette Hamilton

Birmingham City Council

Cllr Majid Mahmood

Birmingham City Council

Cllr Narinder Kaur Kooner

Birmingham City Council

Cllr Waseem Zaffar

Birmingham City Council

Cllr Sharon Thompson

Birmingham City Council

Cllr Martin Straker Welds

Birmingham City Council

Cllr Chaman Lal

Birmingham City Council

Cllr Shafique Shah

Birmingham City Council

Cllr Zaheer A Khan

Birmingham City Council

Cllr Mohammed Aikhlaq

Birmingham City Council

Cllr Mohammed Hussain

Birmingham City Council

Cllr Nagina Kauser

Birmingham City Council

Cllr Mohammed Idress

Birmingham City Council

Cllr Hendrina Quinnen

Birmingham City Council

Cllr Zafar A Iqbal

Birmingham City Council

Cllr Mohammed Afzal

Birmingham City Council

Cllr Gurdial Singh Atwal

Birmingham City Council

Cllr Mariam Khan

Birmingham City Council

Cllr Alex Yip

Birmingham City Council

Cllr Yvonne Mosquito

Birmingham City Council

Cllr Shabrana Hussain

Birmingham City Council

Cllr Zhor Malik

Birmingham City Council

Cllr Nazam Alam

Bradford Council

Cllr Tom Aditya

Bradley Stoke Town Council

Cllr Shama Tatler

Brent Council

Cllr Afazal Hussain Shah

Bristol City Council

Cllr Suraj Sharma

Bromley Council

Cllr Mimi Harker

Buckinghamshire Council

Cllr Abdul Khan

Coventry City Council

Cllr Tariq Khan

Coventry City Council

Cllr Pervez Akhtar

Coventry City Council

Cllr Balvinder Kaur

Coventry City Council

Cllr Gurinder Singh Jhans

Crawley Borough Council

Cllr Janet Campbell

Croydon Council

Cllr Mohammed Ali

Croydon Council

Cllr Kabir Humayun

Croydon Council

Cllr Ali Hamida

Croydon Council

Cllr Sherwan Chowdhuy

Croydon Council

Cllr Richard Chatterjee

Croydon Council

Cllr Oliver Lewis

Croydon Council

Cllr Stuart King

Croydon Council

Cllr Louisa Woodley

Croydon Council

Cllr Vidhi Mohan

Croydon Council

Cllr Jeet Bains

Croydon Council

Cllr Mario Creatura

Croydon Council

Cllr Avtar Sandhu

Dartford Borough Council

Cllr Shaneila Mughal

Dudley City Council

Cllr Kewal Athwal

Derbyshire County Council

Cllr Seema Kumar

Ealing Council

Cllr Aysha Raza

Ealing Council

Cllr Brian Sangha

Gravesham Borough Council

Cllr Baljit Hayre

Gravesham Borough Council

Cllr Narinderjit Singh Thandi

Gravesham Borough Council

Cllr Gurjit Kaur Bains

Gravesham Borough Council

Cllr Ejaz Aslam

Gravesham Borough Council

Cllr Nirmal Chabbra

Gravesham Borough Council

Cllr Gurdip Bungar

Gravesham Borough Council

Cllr Mete Coban

Hackney Council

Cllr Antoinette Bramble

Hackney Council

Cllr Sem Moema

Hackney Council

Cllr Ajmer Mahal

Harborough District Council

Cllr Anjana Patel

Harrow Council

Cllr Ameet Jogia

Harrow Council

Cllr Mina Parmar

Harrow Council

Cllr Kanti Rabadia

Harrow Council

Cllr Ramji Chauhan

Harrow Council

Cllr Nisha Patel

Havering Council

Cllr Dillip Patel

Havering Council

Cllr Ronnie Musiho

Hounslow Council

Cllr Abdul Khan

Hyndburn Borough

Cllr Amanda Pinnock

Kirklees Council

Cllr Fazila Loonat

Kirklees Council

Cllr Shabir Pandor

Kirklees Council

Cllr Marianne Master

Lambeth Council

Cllr Munsif Dad

Lancashire County Council

Cllr Mohammed Rafique

Leeds City Council

Cllr Abigail Marshall Katung

Leeds City Council

Cllr Ratilal Govind

Leicester City Council

Cllr Hemant Rae Bhatia

Leicester City Council

Cllr Andre Bourne

Lewisham Council

Cllr Masood Asif

Luton Borough Council

Cllr Tahir Mahmood Malik

Luton Borough Council

Cllr Majid Dar

Manchester City Council

Cllr Rabnawaz Akbar

Manchester City Council

Cllr Tashi Bhutia

Milton Keynes

Cllr Naushabah Khan

Medway Council

Cllr Natasha Irons

Merton Council

Cllr Geetha Morla

Milton Keynes Council

Cllr James Beckles

Newham Council

Cllr Priti Joshi

Oadby Wigston Borough Council

Cllr Kamal Ghattoraya

Oadby Wigston Borough Council

Cllr Arooj Shah

Oldham Council

Cllr Shazia Bashir

Peterborough City Council

Cllr Rajesh Singh

Reading Borough Council

Cllr Kanika Sachdev

Reigate and Bansted Borough Council

Cllr Aasim Rashid

Rochdale Borough Council

Cllr Taiba Yaseen

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Cllr Saghir Alam

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Cllr Olu Babatola

Royal Borough Of Greenwich

Cllr Denise Scott McDonald

Royal Borough Of Greenwich

Cllr Gary Dillon

Royal Borough Of Greenwich

Cllr Aarien Udati Rai

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Cllr Nitesh Raut

Royal Sutton Coldfield

Cllr Wasim Ali

Sandwell Council

Cllr Iqbal Padda

Sandwell Council

Cllr Rajbir Singh

Sandwell Council

Cllr Jackie Taylor

Sandwell Council

Cllr Shaheeh Akthar

Sandwell Council

Cllr Samiya Akhter

Sandwell Council

Cllr Ahmad Bostan

Sandwell Council

Cllr Bawa Dhallu

Sandwell Council

Cllr Manjit Gill

Sandwell Council

Cllr Mustaq Hussain

Sandwell Council

Cllr Zahir Hussain

Sandwell Council

Cllr Thasibo Mabena

Sandwell Council

Cllr Shanelia Mughal

Sandwell Council

Cllr Talib Hussain

Sheffield Council

Cllr Haqeeq Dhar

Slough Borough Council

Cllr Sabia Akram

Slough Borough Council

Cllr Harjinder Gahir

Slough Borough Council

Cllr Dilbagh Parmar

Slough Borough Council

Cllr Maroof Mohammad

Slough Borough Council

Cllr Harjinder Minhas

Slough Borough Council

Cllr Sanjay Shambu

South Gloucestershire Council

Cllr Satvir Kaur

Southampton City council

Cllr Chandra Kanneganti

Stoke on Trent City Council

Cllr Param Nandha

Sutton Council

Cllr Reena Ranger

Three Rivers District Council

Cllr Akilah Akinola

Trafford Council

Cllr Suky Samra

Walsall Council

Cllr Khizar Hussain

Walsall Council

Cllr Aftab Hussain

Walsall Council

Cllr Aftab Nawaz

Walsall Council

Cllr Sat Johal

Walsall Council

Cllr Waheed Rasab

Walsall Council

Cllr Gaz Ali

Walsall Council

Cllr Pard Kaur

Walsall Council

Cllr Saiqa Nasreen

Walsall Council

Cllr Farhana Mazhar

Walsall Council

Cllr Gurmeet Singh Sohal

Walsall Council

Cllr Kemi Akinola

Wandsworth Council

Cllr Bilqees Mauthoor

Watford Council

Cllr Hannan Sarwar

Wilmslow Town Council

Cllr Gurpreet Bhangra

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Cllr Sohail Khan

Wolverhampton Council

Cllr Sandra Samuels OBE

Wolverhampton Council

Cllr Obaida Ahmed

Wolverhampton Council

Cllr Jas Dehar

Wolverhampton Council

Cllr Pinder Chauhan

Northamptonshire Council

Cllr Udey Pratap Singh

Wolverhampton Council

Cllr Bhupinder Gakhal

Wolverhampton Council

Cllr Asha Mattu

Wolverhampton Council

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