Altaf Hussain contesting UK election on Conservative Party ticket

LONDON: The Conservative Party has fielded Altaf Hussain as its candidate for the Swansea East seat in the country’s general election being held today.

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The candidate should not be confused with the Pakistani politician Altaf Hussain, the leader of one of Pakistan’s major political parties, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), who lives in exile in London.

The candidate fielded by the Conservative Party is a doctor by profession.

According to Southwales daily, Dr Altaf Hussain is a retired NHS Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon formerly based at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil. He was born in Srinagar, Kashmir.

Mr. Hussain currently lives in Bridgend.

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Dr Hussain is a community councilor and is currently area chairman of the Welsh Conservative Party in South Wales West.

Conservative Party candidate Altaf Hussain

The paper quoted him as saying after his selection: “I am delighted and honoured to have been selected to fight Swansea East at the next General Election. Swansea East has some of the most deprived communities in Wales with the problems of crime, drug and alcohol abuse, poor health and low educational achievement associated with poverty.”

The other candidates vying for the seat in the constituency are Carolyn Harris of the Labour Party, Ann Jamal of the Liberal Democrat, Clifford Johnson of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) and Dic Jones.

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Altaf Hussain contesting UK election on Conservative Party ticket

by Azhar Khan