Councillor’s call for an ‘open dialogue’

Councillor’s call for an ‘open dialogue’

ADULTS need to reach out to their children to stop them being radicalised, a new councillor believes.

Coun Nosheen Dad spoke out after the suicide bomber controversy put Dewsbury in the national spotlight two weeks ago.

She said: “We’ve got to have an open dialogue with our young people as they can be vulnerable in their teens. But it shouldn’t be about putting them in a room and teaching them or telling them off.

“It should be about being their friend and reaching out to them. You’ve got to be on their level and have an interest in their lives.”

Coun Dad (Lab, Dewsbury South) was elected last month after beating Tory Salim Patel.

She grew up in Savile Town as the youngest of five children and went to Westborough High School.

Coun Dad was on the student council there, was a prefect and gave up lunch and breaktimes to work on projects around school.

The 25-year-old went to Huddersfield New College before gaining a politics with media degree from the town’s university.

Coun Dad was a student union vice-president for welfare and equality in 2012-13.

She was president the year after, becoming the first Muslim woman to hold that position.

Coun Dad project managed a move to a new £22.5m student union building and led an overhaul of the body’s constitution.

She also gained experience of casework when handling the problems of various students.

Since graduating she has been working for British Gas in a role helping vulnerable people that she combines with being a Kirklees councillor.

Coun Dad’s father came over from Pakistan in the early 1970s to work in Dewsbury’s mills.

She said of Savile Town: “Even though the national media have gone away, what’s happened has left a bitter taste in people’s mouths.

“But we shouldn’t let this overshadow the good things about Dewsbury – we need to carry on championing the town.

“We also need to remember it’s not just Dewsbury. It’s happening all over the country, from London to Birmingham and Bradford. We shouldn’t feel embarrassed and should stop feeling like we’re being singled out.”


Warsi: Why must we keep apologising?

MUSLIMS should not have to continually apologise for terrorism, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi has said.

She drew a parallel between suspected suicide bomber Talha Asmal and shootings last week in South Carolina.

Baroness Warsi said: “In Charleston, a white man killed nine black people in a church.

“I don’t hear anybody saying that the whole of the white population has to apologise for the action of one white man.”

In a wide-ranging attack, she criticised the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and the UK Government.

She said the MCB is unable to represent the “contemporary aspirations of large sections of British Muslim communities”.

She also put the boot into Prime Minister David Cameron.

She said his speech demanding Muslims do more to tackle extremism undermined exisiting work.

“They know they have to do more, they are willing to do more but they will do it a lot better knowing we are on the same side.

“The government needs to champion them, support them. Only then will it have the credibility to demand that communities themselves do more.”

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