Friday, July 19, 2013

Maajid Nawaz chosen as Lib Dem PPC for Hampstead & Kilburn

From the Camden New Journal site:
Maajid Nawaz - the writer who turned his back on the agitating Islamist organisation Hitb ut-Tahrir – has tonight (Thursday) won the Liberal Democrat candidacy for the Hampstead and Kilburn parliamentary constituency. 
He won an internal vote at a private meeting in West Hampstead, and will now take on Labour's Tulip Siddiq and Simon Marcus for the Conservatives at the 2015 General Election. 
His back story is laid out in his memoir, Radical, in which he explains how he joined Hitb ut-Tahrir and shared its aggressive views in a leadership role. 
Arrested in Cairo in 2001, he spent five years in an Egyptian prison. Amnesty International described him at that time as a “prisoner of conscience”. He later resigned from Hitb ul-Tahrir and renounced its position after what he has described as a “democratic awakening”. 
Alongside writer Ed Husain, Mr Nawaz went on to co-found the Quilliam Foundation, which aims to deal with extremism in Britain.

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