Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Luton South Constituency.
Ashuk Ahmed MBE (BA Hon. Dip H.E.)
I have over 20 years of local government work experience, including in senior management positions with various local authorities in the region including Luton Borough Council, Bedfordshire County Council, Stevenage Borough Council and North Hertfordshire District Council. Since June 2009, I have been working as a Community Development Coordinator, employed by a Registered Social Landlord (Housing Association) and working primarily in the Luton area.
I have lived in Luton for 35 years. I am able to communicate in 3 other languages, which are spoken by a high proportion of minority ethnic communities living in the constituency.
Secondary Education: Upton House School, London
Diploma in Higher Education (Dip H.E.) Youth & Community Studies - University of Bedfordshire (formerly University of Luton)
BA Hons. - Applied Social & Community Studies - De Montfort University, Milton Keynes
I have served the local community from all walks of life, mainly within the Luton South constituency, on a voluntary basis for over 30 years. I have initiated several award winning charities and community projects which are still in operation in the constituency and are continuing to make positive differences in the lives of many individuals and communities.
Currently I am serving as a school governor, a trustee for Crime Stoppers UK (Eastern Region) and a member of the Independent Advisory Group (IAG) for Bedfordshire Police. In the past, I have also served as a Trustee for Voluntary Action Luton and Luton Assembly.
I have stood as a local election candidate for Liberal Democrats within the Luton South constituency on three previous elections, in 1999, 2007 and 2011. In 2011 election, I was successful in gaining 1581 votes in the Biscot Ward. In the same Ward in 2007 election, Labour won two seats with 1479 and 1370 votes respectively, while Lib Dem won one seat with 1273.
Living in Luton for nearly 35 years and through my work, both in a paid and voluntary capacity, I have managed to work with and build positive relationships with thousands of people from all ages, social, communities and cultural backgrounds.
In recognition of my work and contributions in the local community, I have received many local, national and international awards including:
Member of British Empire (MBE): In recognition for services to young people on the occasion of HM The Queen's Birthday in 2009.
Queens Award for Voluntary Service (MBE for volunteer group) for two organisations I initiated.
British Community Honours Award: House of Lords 2010: In recognition for inspirational role models for British Muslims as part of the mainstream society and to improve social cohesion by providing a forum and recognition for inter-community networking.
Independent on Sunday, Happy List 2009: One hundred people who make Britain a better, more caring and contented nation were named in the Independent on Sunday (IoS) Happy List 2009. I was named as one of the hundred on the list along with some famous names such as Rebecca Adlington - Olympic swimmer; Sir David Attenborough - Natural historian; Fabio Capello - England football team coach; Shami Chakrabarti - Civil liberties campaigner and Lewis Hamilton - Formula 1 driver.
The Children and Young People's Services Awards 2008 - Children & Young People's Champion: In recognition for promoting community cohesion, combat racial inequalities and addressing social issues.
The British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards 2008: In recognition for outstanding contributions for improving the lives of others from disadvantage backgrounds.
Best of Luton Awards 2006: In recognition for outstanding services to the community.
The Mayor of Luton Awards 2008: In recognition for outstanding services to the Community.
Channel S Community Awards 2006 & 2011: In recognition for outstanding contribution to the Bangladeshi Community in the UK.
More inward investment to create sustainable employment and skilled workforce through apprentices, vocational and other training opportunities to support the local work force.
More investment to regenerate the most deprived wards in Luton South (Biscot, Dallow, Farley Hill, South and Hightown).
Tackle health inequalities
More youth provision and tackle ASB & Crime
Restore use of bus passes before 09.30 and cancel Labour's plan to charge for emptying brown garden waste bins
Work with and support relocation of Luton Town F.C. and ensure more affordable homes and leisure facilities are built on the site
Balance the budget fairly and invest to build a high skill, low carbon economy.
Cut your taxes by an additional £400 by raising the tax-free allowance to £12,500.
Guarantee education funding from nursery to 19 and qualified teachers in every class.
Invest £8bn to improve our NHS and guarantee equal care for mental health.
Protect nature and fight climate change with five green laws.
Congratulations Ashuk. I cannot think of a better candidate who will work for the betterment of all in the community. Your long history of community engagement speaks for it's self. You are a true peoples candidate. I know that you will be victorious in becoming the new MP for Luton South.