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Saturday, 5 March 2016

After reviewing the current political intake of 2015, I’m contemplating to gather force to ensure Bangladeshi women find themselves at the policy discussion tables. Many of these women are capable, skilled and professionally equipped. However these women are busy working, mentoring young women and men, building a future for their families and their education. 

These independent thinking women are not battling with their male counterparts in the world of British politics; they choose not to take a career in it. However, is it acceptable that Bangladeshi women who strive and aspire only find themselves embedded in the left?

When it comes to community matters, vocal Bangladeshi women have leadership roles. Do political parties go further to learn more about them as individuals, what affects them, and how they can be attracted to politics to help their families and the future generation?

Where are the British Bangladeshi women when it comes to centre right politics? In the Houses of Parliament, there are currently three British Bangladeshi female serving MPs, and the Conservative Party is no doubt looking for its first. The Prime Minister David Cameron continued to champion equalities in the labour market during the 2015 campaign. He sought better evidence, proper legislative scrutiny and public debate to make democracy and fairness a reality for black and minority ethnic communities. But is it achievable? Ethnic minority voters do favour Conservative policies, and the Prime Minister stated the country of opportunity, making the most of our talents. 

Recently I was asked the question, can I or should I be doing more? A handful of interest groups do exist, building foundations to attract party members. The measure of success can be analysed by membership increases, when issues come to surface, involving these women in debates and panels. I say it makes no difference to professional Bangladeshi females; by choice, they choose to compete to become the next law makers. They want to be treated equally on merit, focus on the performance of the British economy, and Britain’s place in the world. They also wish to voice their opinions and challenges, on the quality of public services, education and business. This is not deter the efforts made by community interest groups, but accept there is more to do and build the foundations for all. 

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