Know your councillor (part 4): Abdul-Basit Qadir, Labour, Liverpool, Picton
Abdul-Basit Qadir is the new Labour councillor for Picton.
How old are you?
I am 34 years old married with two boys (7 years and 5 Years old) and a girl (1 Year 10 Months)
What job do you do?
I am a qualified youth worker; I used to work at the Methodist Centre off Granby Street for the last 7 years. I decided to become a councillor to be able to make a difference for the community as I have been involved in the voluntary sector from a very young age.
Additionally, i feel it's important to influence the perception of the black and ethnic minority youth groups and show that it is possible to get involved in the political stage and that anyone can be part of it with the right aim and determination. I chose to represent Picton because I have lived and worked in and around the ward most of my life. I was extremely pleased to have been able to break a number of records which are'
1) To be the first councillor of Yemeni origin in Liverpool and maybe in United Kingdom. Yemeni's have been in the U.K since the late 18th century.
2) The most hilarious one is my name being missed out of the election results published in the local newspaper.
What interests/hobbies you have outside politics and the Labour party?
I like playing football both on the pitch and on the play station, I also like playing chess.
Three aims for 2011?
1. Be a proactive advocator for the vulnerable people in our community who are going to be effected by the coalition cuts.
2. Address environmental issues effecting the residents of Picton ward.
3. Encourage and Support business investment and new development in Picton ward.
Hero and why?
The people of Liverpool would be my hero's as they have shown how they can come together to stand against the unfair cuts and they taught us all another lessons in sacrifice, courage and unity.
Songs on your ipod?
The only music I like is the sound of joy from a resident when I and my colleague Cllr Tim Beaumont get the job done.