COUNCILLORS WELCOME LEADERSHIP CONTENDER
(6 Feburary 2006)
Democrat leadership contender Chris Huhne MP was welcomed to Wembley
last Friday by a senior Asian Liberal Democrat councillor in Brent,
Chunilal Velji Chavda, as he chose the Green-Works factory as the
venue for his Leadership Manifesto launch. Brent's Asian Liberal
Democrat Councillors Chandubhai Patel and Vijay Shah are also supporting
Mr Huhne, as are many local campaigners. This is partly due Kuhne's
stance on diversity and commitment to see not just more women and
Minority Ethnic candidates, but more MPs. He made this a key theme
in his first speech after announcing he would stand to succeed Charles
Kennedy as Lib Dem Leader.
Huhne chose the venue to highlight Green-Works' Environment, Social
Justice and Business credentials, in a close link with Liberal Democrat
policies and values he is promoting. Green-Works' relatively new
factory in Wembley is an expansion of its business of "recycling"
and renovating old office equipment donated by companies such as
Banks and multi-national corporations for re-sale at low cost to
voluntary groups and others. A key part of the business is refurbishment
and re-build, re-using wood and metal from chairs, tables and other
the charitable nature, Green-Works operate as a business - but also
employ, train and give work experience to people who often have
difficulty getting employment elsewhere for reasons including a
poor education, or a history of drug or other problems.
Chunilal Chavda, an Asian Councillor and Hindu by religion, said:
" I was glad to welcome Chris Huhne to Wembley to launch the
themes he wants the Liberal Democrats to focus on. He spoke inspiringly
and sensibly, and the Green-Works setting - with its balance between
environmental, social and business aims - was a good one. "
Chris was asked about his commitment to diversity. His answer showed
a recognition of the need to change the face of the party to better
reflect modern Britain. The national media seemed to have picked
up that he has a lot of momentum behind him."
being fairly unknown among the public early in the contest, Chris
Huhne is now widely thought to be running acting Leader Ming Campbell
a very close race. Six of the 10 Brent Lib Dem Councillors have
"declared" for him so far. The result is due on 3 March