Category: Conservative Muslim Forum

Lord Sheikh’s Speech at the Conservative Muslim Forum Afternoon Tea in the Carlton Club

Ladies and gentlemen. Good evening. Assalamalaykum. I would like to welcome you all to the Carlton Club. I have written a book on Maharaja Ranjit Singh and his son, Maharaja Duleep Singh was a member of the Carlton Club. In my book I have included a chapter on Maharaja Duleep Singh. In fact, I presented a portrait of Maharaja Duleep Singh to the Carlton Club and this is displayed downstairs.

I would like to say that I was the first Muslim to be appointed a Peer by the Conservative Party. I joined the Party over 15 years ago as I believed that the Conservative Party reflected my own views and it was the right Party for me. I also feel that the Conservative Party is the right Party for Muslims. I would ask anyone here today who is not a member of the Conservative Party to consider becoming a member of the Party. The best way to effect a change is to do so from within and the Conservative Party is indeed a one Nation Party and everyone is welcome to join.

As we are now citizens of Great Britain, we need to consider getting involved in political activities both at local and national levels. The best way to do this is to become a member of the governing party. This is the reason why I set up the Conservative Muslim Forum about 14 years ago.  The CMF was established before I was a member of the House of Lords. I was funding the Forum and was the Chairman for over 10 years. I gave up the chairmanship as I wanted to go into writing and undertake more community work. I have been elected the President of the Forum and I have been closely connected with its activities.

We held our Annual General Meeting last Friday. Faruk Miah MBE has been elected Chairman of Conservative Muslim Forum with a very large majority. Faruk was preciously the Secretary and has been a member of the Party and the Forum for over nine years. Faruk will be speaking later and he is indeed a man of vision and has a great deal of enthusiasm.   He is also a man of ideas and has very good interpersonal skills. I am sure he will make a very good Chairman.  All the other office bearers and members of the Executive committee have been duly elected.

The CMF is a robust body and we have members and supporters from all over the country.  The membership of CMF is open to anybody, irrespective of race, religion or colour.  The Executive Committee meets regularly, and the Forum does often hold meetings and events.  We do have a constitution and have several objectives, but I would just like to refer to four objectives which are as follows:

  • Engage with Muslims and all other communities and encourage them to support and vote for the Conservative Party.
  • Undertake campaigning for the Conservative Party at elections and other times.
  • Encourage Muslims to make effective and positive contributions to the development of an inclusive and cohesive society in the UK.
  • Work to maintain and build bridges with all communities and religions within the UK.

CMF members play an active role across the country to support the Conservative Party whenever and wherever we can.  Members of CMF were actively canvassing for the Party in different parts of the country at the general election.

Conservative Muslim Forum has a branch in Peterborough. Since 2017, Conservative Muslim Forum Peterborough has undertaken a range of activities including providing campaign support to Paul Bristow MP in the recent general election who won with 46.7 percent of the vote.  I recently attended an event hosted by CMF Peterborough for Paul to congratulate him on his victory and to promote the Party in Peterborough. Paul Bristow was going to attend this event but unfortunately, he is not well and we have received a text from him that he is unable to travel to London.

We are in the process of establishing other branches of the CMF in Birmingham, Manchester and Scotland. We aim to continue achieving our objectives and support the Conservative Party at all times and undertake campaigning at general and local elections.

As we are all aware, the Conservative Party performed very well in December’s general election. The Party now holds 365 seats in the House of Commons out of a total of 650, giving the Conservatives an overall majority of 80 seats.  This is a strong majority and will certainly help with pursuing the Party’s agenda. As we have now left the European Union, we need to promote trade between the UK and the rest of the world.  I may add that I am actively involved in promoting more trade between the UK and overseas countries and have helped organise trade conferences in London.

I just want to briefly mention the Budget which the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, delivered on Wednesday. The Chancellor has certainly found his stride in his new role and has delivered a budget with promises level up the country and spend money in areas including: the NHS, further education, housing, research and development.  I also note that there is a serious commitment to responding to Coronavirus with a £30 billion package.   We need to do all we can to keep the country running as we are facing a pandemic. We need to ensure the well-being and health of the people. We need to keep the economy steady and provide help as well as support for people and also businesses. I am confident that the leadership of our Party will do so and as from today, there will be daily briefings held from Number 10.

I just want to briefly mention what the Conservative Party’s objectives are in the course of this Parliament: increase the number of nurses by 50,000;  establish 40 new hospitals; there will be 20 thousand more police officers keeping people safe with more powers to tackle crime; education funding will be levelled across the country to ensure opportunity is spread equally; taxes will be cut for all working people and the National Living Wage will rise to £10.50; better infrastructure including investment in roads and railways in the North and technology will transform the country; the Prime Minister has given the go ahead for HS2 to be built and the first phase will connect London to Birmingham.

I would like to conclude by saying that the country will be safe and stable and will become more prosperous under the premiership of Boris Johnson. Finally, I would like to thank all of you for attending today’s event under some difficult circumstances. Thank you.

Conservative Muslim Forum Afternoon Tea at the Carlton Club

Lord Sheikh attended and spoke at an afternoon tea held at the Carlton Club by the Conservative Muslim Forum.

Lord Sheikh is the elected President of the Conservative Muslim Forum and was the Chairman for over 10 years. Lord Sheikh informed the attendees during his speech that the Conservative Muslim Forum’s Annual General Meeting had been held and Faruk Miah MBE was elected Chairman of Conservative Muslim Forum with a very large majorityAll the other office bearers and members of the Executive Committee were also duly elected.

During his speech, Lord Sheikh made the point that he feels the Conservative Party is the right Party for Muslims and it is indeed a one Nation Party and everyone is welcome to join. The afternoon tea was an opportunity for networking and for attendees to consider getting involved in the governing party’s political activities both at local and national levels.  

Conservative Muslim Forum Peterborough

Lord Sheikh attended and spoke at a dinner hosted by the Conservative Muslim Forum Peterborough. The dinner was organised to congratulate Mr Paul Bristow MP’s victory in Peterborough constituency in the December General Election.

Conservative Muslim Forum Peterborough is Chaired by Mr Mohammad Yousaf who attends the National Executive Committee meetings regularly and plays an active role in the affairs of the Conservative Muslim Forum. Since 2017, Conservative Muslim Forum Peterborough has undertaken a range of activities and, in the year ahead, intends to increase engagement with the Muslim community and reduce barriers for the Muslim community to support the Conservative Party.

During Lord Sheikh’s speech, he noted that Paul won with 46.7 percent of the vote and was the first Conservative victor in Peterborough constituency since 2015. He stated that the win by Paul is testimony of the faith and confidence the constituents in Peterborough have in his ability to serve as their Member of Parliament and their confidence in the Conservative Party.

The Conservative Party performed very well in December’s general election and has a strong majority in the House of Commons. Lord Sheikh noted that this will certainly help the Party pursue their agenda to ‘get Brexit done and unleash Britain’s potential’.

The dinner was very well supported, and the attendees included; Councillors, members of CMF Peterborough Executive, members of CMF National Executive, Mayor Gul Nawaz, Paul Bristow MP and members of the community.

The dinner was meticulously organised, and Lord Sheikh had many interesting conversations with the attendees.

After the main dinner, some of the guests were invited by Councillor Azher Iqbal to have tea and further refreshments at his home.

It was a very lively gathering and Lord Sheikh was able to discuss a number of subjects with the other guests.

The picture below shows Lord Sheikh with Councillor Iqbal, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member Wayne Fitzgerald and other guests.

Conservative Muslim Forum Eid Reception

Lord Sheikh spoke at a reception organised by the Conservative Muslim Forum which was attended by a number of politicians and members of various communities. Lord Sheikh explained that Eid is to celebrate mindfulness, self-control and purity.

It is written in the Holy Quran: “O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another.” Eid therefore has relevance amongst the Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities.

 

Conservative Muslim Forum – Cousin Marriages

On behalf of the Conservative Muslim Forum, Lord Sheikh hosted an event in the House of Lords on the subject of cousin marriages. The various speakers talked about the issues relating to these marriages and it was made clear that it was not the Conservative Muslim Forum’s intention to discourage people entering into these marriages but to educate.

Chipping Barnet Conservative Brunswick Park Summer Party 2018

Lord Sheikh attended the Chipping Barnet Conservative Brunswick Park Summer Party. The Summer Party was planned to increase grass roots support for the Conservative Party.

Hosted by Conservative Muslim Forum Executive Secretary Shaheen Thantrey did her bit for the local Conservative Party by hosting the Chipping Barnet Conservatives Brunswick Park Summer Party at her home.

In the photograph below from left to right are:

  1. Andreas Tambourides, Barnet Councillor 1998-2014
  2. Lord Sheikh, President of the CMF
  3. Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet
  4. Mike Freer, MP for Finchley and Golders Green
  5. Cllr Lisa Rutter, Brunswick Park Ward, Barnet Council
  6. Cllr Roberto Weeden-Sanz, Brunswick Park Ward, Barnet Council
  7. Cllr Maria Alexandrou, Winchmore Hill Ward, Enfield Council
  8. Nikos Savvides, seated with guitar

 

CMF Youth

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Lord Sheikh hosted an event for CMF Youth where the guest speaker was Simon Woolley, Director of Operation Black Vote on the importance of ethnic minority participation in politics.

In his address Lord Sheikh said it was important that the BME community should get more actively involved in the political scene both at local and national level. The BME community now constitutes around 10% of the population. The total number of Parliamentarians in both Houses is about 1450 and the total number of Parliamentarians from the BME community is around 80. We would like to see at least 145 British politicians who are from the BME community. Lord Sheikh also stressed the importance of the BME to vote at the next general election and if they have not yet registered that they should do so immediately. He also emphasised that people from the BME community must also join and vote for the political party of their choice and not sit on the sidelines.

CMF Women

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Lord Sheikh hosted an event for Conservative Muslim Forum Women’s branch entitled “Women: Empowerment and Political Representation”. The Rt. Hon. Justine Greening MP was scheduled to speak at the event but unfortunately was unable to do so as she was ill. Andrea Leadsom MP who is the Economic Secretary to the Treasury was fortunately able to attend instead and spoke about her experiences in politics.

Lord Sheikh said that he believed in the empowerment of women and at one time he was a visiting university lecturer and he found that his female students were very focused and determined and their achievement was better than their male counterparts. Lord Sheikh also appreciated the work Andrea Leadsom has undertaken on Islamic Finance as he is involved in Islamic Finance and in fact is the Co-Chair of the All Party Group on Islamic Finance.

CMF Eid ul-Adha Reception

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The Conservative Muslim Forum held its annual Eid ul-Adha reception on 6 November 2013 in Conference Room E of Westminster House, 7 Millbank, London. The evening was well attended, with over 120 participants from Britain’s diverse communities. The diversity of the participants was reflected in the diversity of the speakers.

The Master of Ceremonies was CMF Executive Committee member Raza Anjum. As with all CMF events, we began with a Quran recital which was given by Imam Shakeel. The passage recited came from Surah Maryam, the 19’th Surah in the Quran which recounts the virgin birth of Jesus.

Speeches were given by:

  1. Lord Sheikh
  2. The Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles – MP for Brentwood and Ongar and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
  3. Kris Hopkins – MP for Keighley and Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the Department for Communities and Local Government
  4. Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne
  5. Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
  6. Lord Popat of Harrow
  7. Lord Singh of Wimbledon CBE
  8. Dr. Rami Ranger MBE

CMF Deputy Chairman Mohammed Amin concluded the formal proceeding by giving the vote of thanks which was followed by a buffet dinner.