Film director withdraws backing from rival
Left-wing film director Ken Loach has dramatically withdrawn his backing for Pete Lowe in the contest to become Labour’s West Midlands mayoral candidate – and has given his endorsement to Salma Yaqoob.
The legendary filmmaker has written a message which will be sent to all West Midlands Labour members urging them to back Ms Yaqoob.
The ballots have been sent out for the contest and Loach’s 11th-hour intervention is likely to persuade many members that Yaqoob is the left candidate to back – and one who can unify a broad section of the Labour Party behind her.
In the deeply personal email Mr Loach contrasts the political climate when he was born in the West Midlands in 1936 to that of now with the far right on the rise and communities being divided.
The director praised Ms Yaqoob’s strong principle, campaigning and her judgement:
Now I have seen the final list of Labour nominations for the West Midlands Mayoral elections, I am pleased to support the candidacy of Salma Yaqoob.
I have known Salma for many years. She is a woman of considerable ability and sound judgement.
I have worked with her on several campaigns and political projects and have been impressed by her strong principles and determination to uphold them.
She stands for social justice and a secure and sustainable future for everyone.
The Cathy Come Home director believes Ms Yaqoob will be a “great champion” for the West Midlands, adding that “She has a keen eye for administrative efficiency too.”
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