07 Apr 2005
The Muslim Council of Britain launches its Voter Card today listing the ten key questions that British Muslims should ask of all prospective parliamentary candidates as they decide for whom they should cast their vote.
The issues covered by the MCB Voter Card range from legislative equality measures such as a call to prohibit Incitement to Religious Hatred to under achievement in schools by Muslim pupils to a call for a more just and fair foreign policy.
`Never has it been more important for Britain’s 1.6 million Muslims to get more actively involved and participate in the democratic process than now. As citizens of this country it is only right that we engage with the mainstream political parties. We know there is a lot of disillusionment out there about the manner in which anti-terror measures have been applied against our community in recent years. There is also an urgent need to pursue equality of treatment under the law in the fields of education and employment. The questions in the Voter Card are there to help guide British Muslims towards a more informed decision concerning the main issues facing them today,’ said Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain.
The voter cards will be distributed from today to Mosques and Muslim community centres around the country. They will also be available for download via the internet on our election website, www.mcb.org.uk/vote2005.
A detailed policy document, from which these questions are derived, together with a schedule of MCB events for the General Election will be launched next week on Thursday 14th April 2005.[Ends]
Notes for Editors:
1. From 7 April 05 a copy of the MCB Voter Card will be available for download on the main MCB website. For today it can be downloaded from the following URL: http://www.muslimvote.org.uk/VoteCard.pdf
2. The Muslim Council of Britain (www.mcb.org.uk) is the UK’s representative Muslim umbrella body with over 400 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.
For further information please contact: The Muslim Council of Britain, Boardman House, 64 Broadway, Stratford, London E15 1NT,
Tel: 07708 065 150 or 0208 432 0585/6, Fax: 0208 432 0587 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.mcb.org.uk