Aram Rawf has been chosen by Thanet Labour Party Broadstairs branch to challenge the local head of UKIP, council leader Chris Wells, in Kent County Council elections.
Aram came to Britain fleeing Saddam Hussain’s Iraq in 1999 and is now a British citizen working as assistant manager at a Broadstairs hotel. He has distinguished himself over the years as a trainer for St John’s Ambulance and recently had a blue plaque dedicated to him and other asylum seekers in St Paul’s Cathedral for his achievements.
Aram has also won awards as tourism champion in Thanet two years running.
He intends to challenge both UKIP and the Conservatives on their policies on austerity.
“Thanet is one of the poorest areas in the UK and Cliftionville, where I lived for four years, has one of the poorest wards in Britain.
“I understand the problems of people coming into Thanet with nothing and also of those who have lived here all their lives struggling to survive in deep poverty. The policies of the Tory government and the UKIP council are making things worse.
“Under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party we have the chance of a fresh, new approach to problems in areas like ours.”
Aram is keen to organise a hustings meeting where the candidates can explain their policies and debate the best solutions for the local problems.
“I look forward to debating the local issues with Chris Wells and other candidates. It’s important for the public to be able to judge the very different policies for themselves and ask questions of all the candidates.”