amina-ali-labour-500x375As Labour’s Bradford West PPC Amina Ali steps down from her position, she releases the following statement:

“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.”

Commenting on Amina Ali’s stepping down sitting MP George Galloway said: “New Labour in Bradford is in shambles. Well no change there. This is playing like an outtake from The Thick Of It. Omnishambles doesn’t begin to do it justice.

“She resigned in a Tweet on Tuesday night and then took it down, presumably after the party bigwigs started trying to woo her back. And on Wednesday she says it’s all about her kids. Perhaps she looked at Bradford schools’ results and decided she couldn’t do that to them? Didn’t she think it through before she put her name forward? Of course she did and no one’s going to be taken it by that. Not even Malcolm Tucker could spin it successfully. The real reason is the war inside Bradford West Labour party and she’s retreated from it, badly wounded.”

A new candidate will now be selected for Labour as the selection will go back to the NEC (National Executive Committee) of the Labour Party to decide what happens next.