#WHSElection2019: Austen's Labour Party candidate profile

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This article is part of the school's mock election campaigning: Iman Khokar, the Labour Party candidate for Austen is next to face News Crew's questions

Why should a WHS voter support your party?
WHS is creating a future generation of the working class, it is important we as workers and people in this country have a government who understands and represents our best interests. There are many initiatives to provide increased funding for schools, this will allow for more facilities such as counsellors being available, as well as this Labour’s green new deal is a sustainable and viable way to protect our future. Free university tuition will create accessibility to further education and a highly skilled workforce, this is the boost our economy needs. Labour is promising to ensure a future for the youth of today.

What does your party pledge to do for the youth?
There are many initiatives to provide increased funding for schools, this will allow for more facilities such as counsellors being available, as well as this Labour’s green new deal is a sustainable and viable way to protect our future. Free university tuition will create accessibility to further education and a highly skilled workforce, this is the boost our economy needs. Labour is promising to ensure a future for the youth of today. 

Why are you the best person to represent the students in your house?
You have to be passionate to stand for something, I think that’s a given. I on the other hand think I’m capable and educated. I understand that not everyone in my house will not vote Labour but I will make an effort to understand and cater to their needs also. I know what I stand for and why and have taken this opportunity to call for REAL change, we are the future so it’s time for us to save it. 

What do you believe is the most important issue facing the youth? What about society as a whole?
There are honestly so many it’s quite upsetting. The youth is so unsure of their futures due to the damage our economy has sustained in recent years e.g the housing crisis. Kids have so much to worry about and don’t get to just be young and enjoy these years anymore. It’s so detrimental for both their mental and physical health. We need more support systems and Labour will provide these.

What issue matters the most to you personally?
The NHS is core to our society and I feel like we all have this fundamental and moral responsibility to protect it. No matter what you’re earning band when it’s a real emergency we all end up in A&E, for their to not be doctors and instead only overworked nurses is unjust. And then to go so far as to begin privatisation, I feel this will only create divisions and a worse off nation. Good health is they key to everything. 

In three words how would you define your party?
For the people. 

Which politician do you look up to the most?
I feel like I’m not completely in line with any current politician. The climate right now is making it difficult to allow for focus on domestic issues and so it is difficult to pick a favourite politician. They all have their laughable moments. Instead I hope to be a politician others can look up to.

Who do you believe is the most influential figure in British politics today?
Currently it really is the people, it’s their opportunity to take actual control of the situation and make an informed decision on the 12th of December. Whatever happens now is down to the people. Vote Labour, it’s time for change.

Iman Khokar, Year 12



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