Junaid Ashraf

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FinishedFinished answering on Jul 15 at 18:45 BST

Ask me about:

  • How to get more involved in politics
  • Affecting policy within a political party
  • How do I become a Candidate for a political party
  • As one of only ~15 BAME Councillors of 1200 Councillors in Scotland, if you have questions regarding my perspective please let me know
Answers

What do you owe your parents?

Junaid Ashraf - 2 months, 1 week ago

Everything I am today is from their support.

For every mile I travelled to a meeting, my mum travelled two miles having to drop me off and go home alone. She had to wake up at 2/3/4am sometimes to drop me off to the airport for cheap flights to attend conferences I wanted to go to.

My dad used to…

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What’s the best advice somebody has given you?

Junaid Ashraf - 2 months, 1 week ago

My dad has always told me to be a 'leader'. I didn't really know what it meant, and further to that I didn't think I agreed with it either. 

I had the understanding that if there is someone else better to lead, isn't it better to follow them if they have more knowledge/understanding of issues…

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What don’t enough people know about Pakistan?

Junaid Ashraf - 2 months, 1 week ago

This is an interesting question and it stems from a lack of structured education in my eyes - we're not taught anything about our roots in a clear manner growing up like some of as may have had for Urdu school. We didn't have a school to teach us of our cultural heritage and roots besides what we w…

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Should the *Scottish Parliament* have a quota for BAME/female MSPs?
- No.

Should political parties be very mindful to put forward candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds including BAME/Female invidividuals in winning seats?
- Yes very much so.

Should political parties have quotas?
- On a lo…

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Is scottish-asian identity different to english-asian?

Junaid Ashraf - 2 months, 1 week ago

Definitely.

There was some research conducted on this a few years ago to prove it, however I will answer this from a personal perspective.

As a Scots-Pakistani, I do not feel uneasy in my identity. Much of this has been centred around a welcoming 'civic nationalism' narrative that is very much en…

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What inspired you to get into politics?

Junaid Ashraf - 2 months, 1 week ago

It was a steady progression from youth work/parliament to mainstream politics. I cut my teeth for politics within a world of youth activism that centred our policy aims/objectives on the needs of the people we represented as Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament. When my time in the youth parlia…

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The difficulties are numerous and many cannot be quantified into enough words such as racial bias and barriers. Sometimes you may do a great deal of work, and your efforts won't travel as far in your circles as half the work would from someone from a different racial background. And although I woul…

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How to keep your identity in workplace and/or university?

Junaid Ashraf - 2 months, 1 week ago

Throughout my political journey, from youth parliament to mainstream politics, I have always known my roots and boundaries* so have never felt any sort of inability to stay true to myself. [*boundaries is the word I use for want of a different phrase as I don't believe not drinking is a boundary bu…

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